This Pākehā Life

An Unsettled Memoir

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Pages: 240

RRP: $39.99

ISBN: 9781988587288

DOI: 10.7810/9781988587288

This book is about my making sense here, of my becoming and being Pākehā. Every Pākehā becomes a Pākehā in their own way, finding her or his own meaning for that Māori word. This is the story of what it means to me. I have written this book for Pākehā – and other New Zealanders – curious about their sense of identity and about the ambivalences we Pākehā often experience in our relationships with Māori.

A timely and perceptive memoir from award-winning author and academic Alison Jones. As questions of identity come to the fore once more in New Zealand, this frank and humane account of a life spent traversing Pākehā and Māori worlds offers important insights into our shared life on these islands.

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Listen to Alison Jones at the Auckland Writers Festival Waituhi o Tāmaki (2021)