Meng Foon: The Symbolic Bridge between Māori and Chinese Communities

Meng is a new, bilingual documentary co-directed and co-produced by Steven Chow (DEGANZ) and Julie Zhu (DEGANZ) and edited by fellow member Josh Yong. It highlights how titular subject Meng Foon’s mahi in the NZ Human Rights Commission offers “a particular kind of hope.” His fluency in both Cantonese and Te Reo Māori lead many to call him a symbolic bridge between Māori and Chinese (or tauiwi) communities.

The insightful documentary follows the former Gisborne mayor and current Race Relations Commissioner through a year in his life. Audiences gain insights into how he navigates the public role at a national level after 18 years in local politics. Meng displays unfaltering determination to promote the rights of tāngata whenua as he engages with human rights issues and racism.

While focusing on his professional career, the documentary does not shy away from his personal ups, downs, and transformations.

Meng premieres at 8:30 pm, Monday 12 September, on Whakaata Māori and will be available online on MĀORI+. The documentary was made with funding from Te Māngai Pāho and NZ On Air.

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Last updated on 9 September 2022