Mayor Meng Foon to retire
Mayor Meng Foon has today confirmed he will retire at the end of this term after 18 years in the position.
In 1995 he was elected as councillor of the Patutahi Taruheru ward, before successfully running for mayor in 2001.
“Both Ying and I wish to sincerely thank our Tairawhiti community for all the support they have given us over the last 24 years in local government at the Gisborne District Council,” he said.
“I sincerely acknowledge Ying and my family as they have been a great support throughout this wonderful journey.
“In my time I have worked with four chief executives, six different elected councils, 3 deputy mayors and a great team of staff. I acknowledge their valuable contribution in advancing Tairawhiti’s future.”
Highlights have been engaging with our district’s diverse communities and supporting local businesses and industries to thrive.
Being fluent in Te Reo has helped Meng understand and participate with Maori communities and communicate the issues of local government.
Building the wastewater treatment plant, under budget and on time was another career highlight.
“There is so much more to tell and so many people to thank and acknowledge. There is a saying that this is a thankless job, but I can put my hand on heart and say that the good people outweigh the few negatives.
“Ying and I aren’t leaving town, we are staying put as this is our home, our community and we want to continue to support it. We will soon have two mokos in London and look forward to spoiling them.
“I might even have time to write an autobiography in Menglish. Many have told me there is a life after the mayor . . . one door closes and another door opens.”