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Random stuff about Wellington since 2005

Ben Hana, aka Tarzan, aka “Blanket Man” dies

by noizyboy on January 15, 2012 in Miscellaneous

Blanketman tributesAs reported in the NZ Herald and Stuff.

I remember seeing him asleep on the corner of Courtenay Place and Tory Street, bathed in sunshine, loin-cloth akimbo, home-made aluminium-can dope-pipe resting peacefully by his slumbering body, only a couple of weeks back. It seems weird that we won’t see him there again.


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James Guthrie

James founded the Wellingtonista in 2004. He quickly enlisted many, actually talented writers so as to avoid having to do any actual work himself.

Button January 16, 2012 at 5:25 am

That seems, err, romantic? Do you also remember seeing his mental and physical state steadily deteriorate over the past few years?

noizyboy January 16, 2012 at 8:12 am

As far as I could tell from my occasional passing by, his mental and physical state never really seemed to be in the best of shape.

Button January 16, 2012 at 9:01 am

I noticed a significant difference from leaving Wellington in 2007 and returning in early 2010. He seemed a lot less blazed on his blanket in the sunshine to a seriously sick individual. Still had his cock out all the same, mind.

Robyn January 19, 2012 at 6:30 pm

In 2008 and 2009, he used to give me the friendly eyebrows when I passed by. After his time in a psychiatric hospital in 2010, he never seemed the same. It was like he just wasn’t as aware of his surroundings and seemed a lot more out of it than before. I never got the eyebrows again.

DeepRed January 18, 2012 at 9:47 pm

I took a pic of him eating sushi only a couple of months back:

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