Dick Scott is a historian and journalist. Scott’s writing combines research with partisan engagement from a humanitarian and multicultural perspective. His first book 151 Days (1952) was an account of the Waterfront dispute of 1951, and many of his subsequent books draw on his experience as an editor for industry publications, including those in the areas of farming, transport, viticulture and unions. Ask That Mountain (1975), about the events at Parihaka, has been reprinted nine times. Scott became an Officer of the NZ Order of Merit in 2002, and in 2007 received the Prime Minister's Award for Literary Achievement (Non-fiction).
Place of residence: Auckland, New Zealand
Ask That Mountain is recognised as one of New Zealand's most influential books, bringing the events at Parihaka into the mainstream consciousness for the first time. It has been reprinted nine times since its publication in 1975.
A Stake in the Country (1977) was updated and came out as a new edition in 2002. Winemakers of New Zealand (1964) was reissued as Pioneers of New Zealand Wine with wine photographs by Marti Friedlander and others.
In 1988, Scott received the J. M. Sherrard Award in New Zealand Regional and Local History for Seven Lives on Salt River. In the same year, the work also won the New Zealand Book Award for Non-Fiction.
Dick Scott: A Radical Writers Life (Reed, 2004) is his illuminating autobiography. Accessible and beautifully written, it focuses on Scott's career as an historian and writer. It retraces his early life in Manawatu, his role in the Communist Party and the 1951 Waterfront Strike, and gives the background to his championing of waterside workers, Parihaka Maori, Pacific Islanders and Dalmation winemakers.
In 2002, Dick Scott became an Officer of the NZ Order of Merit. He was the Waitakere City Literary Laureate in 2006, and in 2007 he received the Prime Minister's Award for Literary Achievement (Non-fiction).
Last updated: December 2009