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.