Meng Foon lives in Gisborne, the first city in the world to see the light.
Meng started off in the business of horticulture, development, property investment, export and now is the mayor of Gisborne, a role he has held since 2001.
He is also involved in a number of community organisations. Meng is President of the New Zealand Chinese Association, and Chair of the Treaty of Waitangi Commemorative Fund.
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.