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Meng Foon: Diversity, Inclusion and Equity

Meng Foon: Diversity, Inclusion and Equity

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  • Tue 18 Feb, 7:30pm – 8:30pm


Selwyn Community Education, 203 Kohimarama Road, Kohimarama



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  • Entry by koha: $0.00

Selwyn Community Education is based at Selwyn College, Kohimarama, Auckland.

Meng Foon, the Race Relations Commissioner will speak about:
- Current inequities in NZ
- The importance of the Tiriti of Waitangi and what it means in today's context
- The value not only of diversity but of inclusivity
- The concept of equity and supporting communities to influence change
- The value of applying a human rights lens to achieve harmonious relations.

About Meng Foon:
Meng Foon has taken up the appointment of Race Relations Commissioner after 24 years at the Gisborne District Council. Mr Foon was elected as a councillor in 1995 and in 2001 he was elected Mayor, a role he held for 18 years. He is one of a handful of people of Chinese descent to have become a mayor in New Zealand. He is fluent in English, Siyip and Te Reo Māori.

As of 2019, he is still the only mayor in New Zealand who is fluent in Te Reo. He is a member of a number of community organisations including the Ngā Taonga a nā Tama Toa Trust, the New Zealand Chinese Association, and Aotearoa Social Enterprise Trust. He has released a musical number, Tu Mai. He has been chair of Gisborne/Tarawhiti Rugby League since 1989, and was a member of the New Zealand Rugby League Board.

Mr Foon is responsible for leading the work of the Human Rights Commission in promoting positive harmonious race relationships. Justice Minister Andrew Little said the following of Mr Foon’s appointment: “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. Race relations is a priority area for the Human Rights Commission. We need to continue to break down barriers to racial and ethnic equality in New Zealand society. This is an exciting appointment to a role that presents enormous challenges but tremendous possibilities.”

Please register for this talk so we can plan seating for the expected numbers. A $5 donation on arrival at the door is appreciated but not compulsory.

Check out our other monthly Think Talks on our website.

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