Meng Foon — longtime Gisborne mayor turned Race Relations Commissioner — plays tour guide to his hometown in this episode of local celebration show Neighbourhood. He introduces those that make up the diverse community he leads as mayor. Telling their stories are Samoan crop pickers temporarily in New Zealand, and a young Filipino woman making pancit on her birthday — before a local Indian couple share their stories of life following arranged marriage, and a Brazilian/American couple perform their music at a barbecue with their Kiwi kids.
Arranged marriage for our sons would be a good question. We are open to what our kids want to do including their career choices and also what partners do they choose in their lives, but we can always say 'guys, this worked for us. This worked for your grandad and your grandmum. It's up to you to follow the success story or find your own'.– Gisborne local Rahul on arranged marriage
Made with funding from NZ On Air