Scott Hamilton

Scott Hamilton is the author of two great modern works of sociology and place, Ghost South Road (Titus Books, 2018), and Searching for Ata'a (Bridget Williams, 2017). He writes the blog Reading the Maps and is currently working on a book about sorcery and sorcery-related violence in Melanesia. Scott was born in Auckland in 1974.

Books
May 28, 2018

The Monday Excerpt: exploring the soul of the Great South Road

No other road in New Zealand is as rich in history, suffering, war, immigration, hope and hard, hard work as the Great South Road that joins Auckland to the Waikato. Scott Hamilton walked its length and felt its pulse.

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Society
Apr 22, 2018

The first, forgotten Anzacs, more than 50 years before Gallipoli

Australian and New Zealand volunteers fought together in the Waikato War, yet still its place in the Anzac tradition is unacknowledged by our defence forces or Returned Services Association

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Books
Apr 19, 2018

Book of the Week: The lost civilisation of New Zealand literature

Scott Hamilton notices something missing in the long, feverish construction of New Zealand literature - the rest of the Pacific.

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Society
Feb 24, 2018

Peter Thiel is looking for paradise in New Zealand. History is against him

Peter Thiel’s looking for paradise in the South Pacific – but history suggests he’ll find trouble

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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