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- Me, Myself, and I
- Ben Hana first arrived in Wellington from the East Coast in the summer of 2001 at which time he began living rough on the streets of the central city, notably Cuba Mall and Courtenay Place (home of the Ergonomically Designed Facilities). Before Ben became a feature of Wellington, he lived in front of the court house in Tokoroa, and in fact caused controversy in the town when he was convicted of stealing and selling the Court house's copper guttering for scrap. He could frequently be seen in the streets dancing to the music of his ghetto blaster. Known for sitting or lying on traffic islands during his period of sun worship, there were calls for his removal from the street. In 2002 he was arrested for vagrancy and held in prison for seven weeks. Charges were eventually dropped, but he was later arrested again, this time for smoking a peace pipe in Cuba Mall. He was released on condition that he not return to the Mall, although how this was intended to be enforced was unclear. After his
- te waka
- In August 2005, Hana was also observed to be in possession of a motor vehicle apparently signaling that he had joined the property-owning classes. The vehicle was unregistered, and boasted no license plates after Hana forcibly removed them using a hammer still in its plastic wrapper. He then painted the words "Te Whaka" in large white letters where the number plates had previously been. After spending a few days illegally parked, the car was towed on 2005-08-05 and Hana was arrested. Te Whaka is probably translated as "the Waka", a reference to the historic Māori primary vehicle of transport, a canoe that was built in a range of sizes to suit the purpose intended; from personal transport up to very large fighting platforms for war, and even larger to sail the oceans for thousands of kilometres.
In September 2006, Hana appealed against a drunk-driving conviction, claiming the Toyota he was driving was not a car but a "waka".
He addressed the court in person and said though othe
- bum fighting
- Scared Of
- the police
- Happiest When
- listen to the radio
- faviourte drink