28 Sep 2017

Flat Man seeks help for 'full blown superhero operation'

3:52 pm on 28 September 2017

A self-styled lycra clad superhero arrived at a Christchurch City Council meeting today.

The mysterious Flat Man at a Christchurch City Council meeting today.

The mysterious Flat Man at a Christchurch City Council meeting today. Photo: RNZ / Logan Church

Flat Man, whose identity remains a mystery, has asked the council for funding to support his work in the city. The character made headlines after dropping care packages to students coping with the Christchurch earthquakes in 2010 and 2011.

"What started as a very random, late night idea to help quickly grew into a full blown superhero operation," he said.

He has continued his work since, but is now asking the council for funding.

Flat Man, dressed in a red and black superhero suit, told the council today he wanted to create a school programme that taught youth about kindness, generosity, and compassion.

But he said he was limited by time and funding.

He said negativity expressed in the community, and on social media, was being picked up by kids.

"My goal is to create a school programme that I can share into as many schools as possible," Flat Man said.

He said at minimum wage it would cost $13,104 a year to be a superhero for two days a week.

"If anyone has any suggestions on how to access some funds or know people willing to help, you know how to reach me - sign the Flat Man signal up into the sky and I'll be there."

Mayor Lianne Dalziel asked Flat Man to write a report formalising his request.

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