Andrew Little announced:
Retiring Gisborne Mayor Meng Foon has been appointed the next Race Relations Commissioner, Justice Minister Andrew Little announced today.
Mr Foon will take up his new appointment on 26 August 2019 and will be responsible for leading the work of the Human Rights Commission in promoting positive race relations.
“I would like to congratulate Meng on his appointment,” said Andrew Little.
“He has an outstanding record as a relationship builder and walks comfortably in the pākehā world, the Māori world, the Chinese community and other communities making up New Zealand.
This looks to be a very good appointment. Meng Foon has been elected Mayor of Gisborne six times and has practical hands on experience in building relationships.