Someone is desperate for publicity and is having a go at long serving Gisborne Mayor Meng Foon

A complaint has been laid against Gisborne’s mayor Meng Foon after he placed money on a table at a Father’s Day function last week.

Gisborne District mayor Meng FoonGisborne Mayor Meng Foon Photo: New Zealand Government

Mr Foon is one of just a handful of mayors who have served for five consecutive terms. He is campaigning for a sixth, but a local resident, Peter Jones, has now made a police complaint against him, alleging he bought beer for people at a Gisborne bar a fortnight ago.

Police confirmed a complaint about Mr Foon was being investigated, but would not comment further.

Mr Jones said he had laid the complaint under the “treating” rules, which applied when a person directly or indirectly gave or provided food, drink or entertainment to influence any voter or vote – before, during or after an election.

Mr Foon only learned through RNZ that a complaint had been laid against him, and said he had been attending a function where a local kaumatua was turning 83 years old.

This story doesn’t withstand scrutiny.

Mr Jones admitted he didn’t actually see Mr Foon place the money down, nor was he present for the conversation.

Meng Foon must be doing something right because he has been Mayor of Gisborne for five terms already, and is by far NZ’s most successful Chinese politician.

Mr Foon is one of just a handful of mayors who have served for five consecutive terms. He is campaigning for a sixth, but a local resident, Peter Jones, has now made a police complaint against him, alleging he bought beer for people at a Gisborne bar a fortnight ago.

Right. So there was no “I will buy you a beer if you vote for me”? It was koha put on a table with no request to vote or no suggestion it is to buy voters beers. It looks like the good people of Gisborne should make their feelings known in the elections, reelect Meng Foon, and kick Peter Jones hard in the arse.

 

– Mihingarangi Forbes, RNZ

 


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