Park me­mo­rial to for­mer coun­cil­lor Philip Ye­ung

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A per­ma­nent me­mo­rial to Hamil­ton city coun­cil­lor Philip Ye­ung will be in­stalled at Claude­lands Park, close to the Set­tle­ment Cen­tre Waikato where he spent much of his time and was a fa­mil­iar fig­ure.

Hamil­ton City Coun­cil an­nounced the me­mo­rial on the first an­niver­sary of the pass­ing of the pop­u­lar and high-pro­file East Ward coun­cil­lor.

Mr Ye­ung passed away af­ter a short bat­tle with can­cer on Septem­ber 30 last year.

First elected to the coun­cil in 2013, he was into his sec­ond term on the coun­cil when he be­came ill and took for­mal leave of ab­sence. He had been deputy chair of the Com­mu­nity and Ser­vices Com­mit­tee.

“The me­mo­rial will take the form of a special plaque, bear­ing the city’s crest, along with a fam­ily pic­nic ta­ble and also a spe­cially se­lected oak tree,” Deputy Mayor Martin Gal­lagher says.

“This is the right place for this me­mo­rial to Philip — he loved the work of the team at Set­tle­ment Cen­tre Waikato and was a sig­nif­i­cant con­trib­u­tor there.”

Mr Ye­ung was Hamil­ton’s first eth­nic Chi­nese coun­cil­lor. Be­fore he was a coun­cil­lor he spent 12 years as eth­nic com­mu­ni­ties ad­vi­sor, with the coun­cil’s com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment team.

Mr Ye­ung was born in Hong Kong in 1956.

With his wife Alice and daugh­ter Jean­nie, he em­i­grated to New Zealand in 1996. He held sev­eral dif­fer­ent jobs, and ran a take­away store, be­fore join­ing the coun­cil in 2001.

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For­mer Hamil­ton city coun­cil­lor Phillip Ye­ung.

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