Park memorial to former councillor Philip Yeung
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.
Former Hamilton city councillor Phillip Yeung.