FROM THE EDITOR
About 15 groups call the Hancock Community House in Palmerston North home.
These groups, which include Samaritans, Youthline and the Multicultural Council, are dedicated to helping improve the lives of people in our community.
It is fitting then that the building should bear the name of former Palmerston North city councillor Merv Hancock - a man who embodied what it is to serve one’s community.
The Palmerston North stalwart, who died on Saturday, served on the city council from 1983 to 1992.
Before that he worked as a child welfare officer and a historian but perhaps his greatest contribution to New Zealand society was his work in the field of social work in which he is considered a pioneer.
By all accounts a kind and lovely man, Hancock was an intelligent, loyal and humble individual whose enormous contribution to Palmerston North will be remembered well into the future.