Meng Foon is the National President of the New Zealand Chinese Association and Mayor of Gisborne. Meng started off in the business of horticulture, development, property investment, export and has held the role of Mayor since 2001. He is also Chair of the Treaty of Waitangi Commemorative Fund and involved in a number of community organisations.
Meng speaks Maori, Seyip, and Cantonese and is now learning Mandarin. He holds a degree in Iwi Environmental Management, is married to his wife Ying and has three adult children. In his spare time he enjoys sports, cooking and playing mahjong.