Blanket man is a wellington icon who earn't his fame by doing virtually nothing. He is commonly seen sporting a pair of skimpy underwear and a raunchy purple blanket (hence the reason for his name) Until recently he did not wear any underwear but now the law requires him to. You can find him at any giving time roaming courtenay place and is most commonly seen outside the burger king on tory street. He graciously accepts any burgers offered (preferably cheese burgers)
Ben is a self-proclaimed devotee of the Māori sun god Tama-nui-te-rā and claims that he should wear as few items of clothing as possible, as an act of religious observance. As a result, he is also tempted from time to time to remove all his clothing, which results in the consequent attendance of police officers.
Blanket man also known as Ben Hana has been arrested and imprisoned from time to time for the following offenses:
-Possesion of cannabis
-Driving when drunk
-Driving unlicensed vehicle
In 2010, a judge ordered that Hana be made a mental health patient to be housed in Wellington Hospital's psychiatric ward 27, where "he will have clean clothes, regular meals, and no access to alcohol and drugs".
its interesting how blanket man is perceived by many people. Some find him to be a public nuisance and others a figure of amusement, sympathy, disgust and at times even academic interest.