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

by noizyboy on January 15, 2012

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.


(Remember, you can always do your bit to help Wellington’s homeless and needy, with a donation to the Downtown Community Ministry).

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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