This bogan needs to pay us all back. For $100,000 the taxpayers of New Zealand deserve a proper mullet.
When the latest batch of students graduate from Waikato University this week, an “undercover bogan” will be among them.
At first glance, PhD graduand Dave Snell might look like all the other graduands this Thursday, but look a little closer and the dedicated bogan buff will have a couple of noticeable differences under his formal regalia.
“Well, I am going to have to wear the goofy hat and long coat, but no doubt I’ll have a metal T-shirt underneath.”
Mr Snell said he also had a Beavis and Butthead tie that he planned to pull out for the special occasion.
The self-proclaimed bogan made global headlines in 2007 when he was awarded a taxpayer-funded doctoral scholarship worth nearly $100,000 to study the “everyday bogan’s identity and community amongst heavy metal fans”.
Five years on, Mr Snell was as proud as ever to be a bogan, and pleased with the research he had accomplished.
I wonder perhaps if this research has contributed to the impression that New Zealand universities are lame academically and continue to fall behind in world rankings. It shows, at least, that Waikato University continues to represent the low-brow spectrum of tertiary education.