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.
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
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.