Support overwhelming

LETTER

Tena koutou

Thanks to all the people from all over the Tairawhiti and New Zealand who have offered kind words, generosity of help and support to my new role as the Race Relations Commissioner.

He nui nga whakaaro tauawhi ki aua i tenei mahi o te tatau turanga ko te whakawhanaungatanga

The support has been overwhelming and very positive. It is interesting that the media are interested in what I am going to do and what I hope to achieve.

This mahi is about kanohi kitea, face to face, as positive relationships are built by being there. Like the home people say, Te mea nui ka taemai — being there is everything.

Firstly, I am going to continue to build relationships with many people and organisations. I want to listen to what they have to say about race relations, and I also want to hear their solutions.

With the solutions, let’s make them happen — as doing is everything too, or at least trying to do my best with your support.

Race relations is about everyone in New Zealand. As New Zealanders we should strive to live in a safe and harmonious community. We should discredit all forms of discrimination and violence.

We have a lot of issues facing us. I am hoping that we work with other agencies and you to support the cause for harmonious communities.

Anyway, this letter is to say a big thanks for your support in my new role. More later and thanks to our community for your support of us as mayor and mayoress.

Meng Foon

Tena koutou

Thanks to all the people from all over the Tairawhiti and New Zealand who have offered kind words, generosity of help and support to my new role as the Race Relations Commissioner.

He nui nga whakaaro tauawhi ki aua i tenei mahi o te tatau turanga ko te whakawhanaungatanga

The support has been overwhelming and very positive. It is interesting that the media are interested in what I am going to do and what I hope to achieve.

This mahi is about kanohi kitea, face to face, as positive relationships are built by being there. Like the home people say, Te mea nui ka taemai — being there is everything.

Firstly, I am going to continue to build relationships with many people and organisations. I want to listen to what they have to say about race relations, and I also want to hear their solutions.

With the solutions, let’s make them happen — as doing is everything too, or at least trying to do my best with your support.

Race relations is about everyone in New Zealand. As New Zealanders we should strive to live in a safe and harmonious community. We should discredit all forms of discrimination and violence.

We have a lot of issues facing us. I am hoping that we work with other agencies and you to support the cause for harmonious communities.

Anyway, this letter is to say a big thanks for your support in my new role. More later and thanks to our community for your support of us as mayor and mayoress.

Meng Foon

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