(Gisborne) Meng Liu Foon is the current mayor of Gisborne, New Zealand. He is one of a handful of people of Chinese descent to have become a mayor in New Zealand. He is fluent in English, Cantonese, and Māori. Meng has a passion for the arts as the Chair of the Local Arts in Public Places, where the latest installation is a bronze creation of Wal and Dog from Footrot Flats. Meng has also dabbled in painting. As president of the New Zealand Chinese Association he has strong relationships and is passionate about connecting the Asian creative community and keen Asian philanthropic community to add more value to the diversity of our nations creative minds.