After 24 years in local government, Gisborne mayor Meng Foon has announced this will be his final term. Foon leaves as the only fluent reo Māori-speaking mayor in New Zealand.
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Gisborne mayor Meng Foon is the only mayor in the country who is a fluent speaker of Te Reo Māori. He gives Te Kāea an insight into his upbringing and te reo Māori journey.
A stalwart of Waihirere Māori Club during the 60’s – 80’s has been laid to rest by her people of Te Aitanga ā Māhaki today in Gisborne. Her name was Maungarongo Kingi and affectionately known as Aunty ‘Kitty’ by her family and members of Parimānihi Marae.
The Rhythm and Vines festival draws a crowd nearly half the entire population of Gisborne, and along with it comes tens of millions of dollars to the economy, a life saver for many local business.