Scott Hamilton

Scott Hamilton has published two books of poetry, an annotated selection of lost poems by Kendrick Smithyman, an academic biography of the historian and socialist EP Thompson, and writes the blog Reading the Maps. He lived in Tonga in 2013, where he learned to love kava and taught creative writing and sociology at the ‘Atenisi Institute. In 2015 he won the inaugural Auckland Mayoral Literary Award for his ongoing study of the city's Great South Road; the resulting book Ghost South Road will be published by Atuanui Press in October. His latest project is a book about sorcery and sorcery-related violence in Melanesia. Scott was born in Auckland in 1974.

Society
Jan 7, 2018

Summer Reissue: The white tangata whenua, and other bullshit from the 'One New Zealand' crew

The exhumed skull of a 3,000-year-old Welshwomen. Nazi submarines. Ancient Spanish shipwrecks. The pre-Māori white civilisation theories of Noel Hilliam and his friends have a lot going for them. Except any plausible evidence, writes Scott Hamilton.

Read on.

Books
Jan 4, 2018

Summer Reissue: The strange story of Tonga's lost island of 'Ata

Scott Hamilton's The Stolen Island is an investigation into the people-snatching raid on the Tongan island of 'Ata in 1863. In this excerpt, he writes about visiting 'Eua, the island where the survivors of the raid were re-settled.

Read on.

Society
Nov 28, 2017

Treaty of Waitangi denialism: a long, dark and absurd history

Building magnate Sir William Gallagher's recent comments calling the Treaty of Waitangi a 'fraud' have been roundly condemned. But he's not the first to believe it, writes Scott Hamilton.

Read on.


Society
Aug 5, 2017

In praise of kava

While politicians debates the pros and cons of decriminalising cannabis, another even safer soft drug is already freely available in New Zealand. Scott Hamilton explores the history and importance of kava in the Pacific Islands, and why it could be the drug of New Zealand's future.

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Society
May 22, 2017

The white tangata whenua, and other bullshit from the ‘One New Zealand’ crew

The exhumed skull of a 3,000-year-old Welshwomen. Nazi submarines. Ancient Spanish shipwrecks. The pre-Māori white civilisation theories of Noel Hilliam and his friends have a lot going for them. Except any plausible evidence, writes Scott Hamilton

Read on.

Books
Feb 27, 2017

‘They have six fingers on their hands’: Part 1 of the strange story of Tonga’s lost island of ‘Ata

All week this week the Spinoff Review of Books looks at Scott Hamilton's brilliant, slim book, The Stolen Island, his investigation into the people-snatching raid on the Tongan island of 'Ata. In this excerpt, he writes about visiting 'Eua, the island where the survivors of the 1863 raid were re-settled; their descendants live in the village of Kolomaile.

Read on.

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