Flat Man shocked by Dunedin dwellings

Flat Man meets flatmates ... Welcoming Flat Man to their Great King St flat last night are (from...
Flat Man meets flatmates ... Welcoming Flat Man to their Great King St flat last night are (from left) Kane Attrill (19), Dan McConvie (18), Xanthe Musgrave (18), Liv Stapley (18), Nick Marr (19), Jimmy McDonald (20), Matt Baty (19), Ben Fleming (18), Dylan Wilson (20), Aaron Blair (20) and Dan Barr (20). Photo by Linda Robertson.
Caped Christchurch crusader Flat Man thought he had seen the most devastated homes imaginable in the wake of the Canterbury earthquakes. But nothing could prepare him for the student flats of Dunedin.

''This is the sorriest flat I've ever seen. It would be one of the most sad cases of a flat I've ever heard of,'' he said of a flat he visited during a tour of 20 Dunedin flats yesterday. ''There's only one girl living there and she has come home to a live sheep in the lounge and a dead fish in her bedroom.

''We've got flats with bad earthquake damage in Christchurch, but the student flats I've seen in Dunedin take it to a whole new level,'' he said.

The residents of 673 Great King St were one of 20 student flats to receive a food parcel from the stockinged superhero yesterday.

''We wrote to Flat Man because we desperately needed his help,'' Dan McConvie (18) said.

The student survival packs contained chips, soft drink, biscuits ''and essentials like baked beans and toilet paper''.

Flat Man became an inspiration to Christchurch after earthquakes by leaving food parcels at night outside damaged homes for the unsuspecting residents. He keeps his identity a closely guarded secret and will only reveal he is ''an unassuming student juggling essays with a part-time job''.

''I've been doing this in Christchurch for two years now and wanted to expand my horizons. I came down to Dunedin before Christmas, but it was quiet then so I thought I'd come back and get among O-Week. It's been fun and people here have really appreciated it.''


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