The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS - Jonathon Howe

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.

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