Tom Scott (cartoonist)

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Tom Scott
Born 29 October 1947
New Zealand
Genre Satire, Humour, Cartoon

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Thomas Joseph Scott ONZM (born 1947) is a New Zealand cartoonist, and is regarded by some as one of the best New Zealand cartoonists since the 1970s.


Scott was born in Rongotea, Manawatu-Wanganui[1] in 1947.

Scott has been a regular cartoonist, initially for the New Zealand Listener magazine, between 1984 and 1987 for the Auckland Star, and then for the Evening Post newspaper and its successor the Dominion Post, for most of his career.[2]

As a satirist, newspaper columnist and cartoonist, Scott often provokes New Zealand politicians and at one stage was banned from the press contingent for a considerable period of time by the Prime Minister of the day, the Right Honourable Sir Robert Muldoon, which naturally resulted in continuing astringent expressions in the press by Scott.

Scott has won numerous awards, including the Qantas Awards for New Zealand Cartoonist of the Year (five times), Columnist of the Year, and Political Columnist of the Year (three times). He also won scriptwriting awards for Fallout and for View from the Top. Scott co-wrote the screenplay for the animated feature Footrot Flats: The Dog's Tale with Murray Ball. In 2001 Scott wrote the semi-autobiographical stage play The Daylight Atheist which has since been performed by numerous theatres in New Zealand and Australia.

In the 2006 New Year Honours, Scott was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services as a writer, journalist and illustrator.[3]

In 2011, Scott produced the 1981 Springbok Tour TV drama, Rage shown as the final of four parts of the Sunday Theatre season on TV One on 4 September 2011.[4][5] The series was a ratings winner.[6]

His son, Samuel Flynn Scott, is the frontman of rock band The Phoenix Foundation.


  • Tom Scott's Life and Times (1977)
  • Overseizure : The Saga of a New Zealand Family Abroad (1978)
  • Snakes and Leaders (1981)
  • Ten Years Inside (1985)
  • Private Parts : Lost Property from the Last 16 Years (1990)
  • In a Jugular Vein : A Collection of Cartoons and Comments (1991)


  1. ^ "Bishop, major and cartoonist honoured". Manawatu Standard. 1 January 2006. 
  2. ^ "Tom Scott". Arts Foundation of New Zealand. Retrieved 7 November 2012. 
  3. ^ New Year Hours List 2006. Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Retrieved 28 October 2013.
  4. ^ "Rage". Sunday Theatre. Television New Zealand/TVNZ Ondemand. Retrieved September 25, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Rage (2011)". IMDb. Retrieved November 8, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Sunday Theatre season a ratings winner". Onfilm Magazine. Sep 8, 2011. Retrieved November 8, 2012. 

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