Join us for a Q+A with bestselling author Alison Jones. Alison will speak about her intellectual and emotional grappling with New Zealand's colonial past and what it means for our present and future in Aotearoa. She will then try to answer those questions you were always afraid to ask. Please submit your burning questions below. Alison will sign copies of her book This Pākehā Life: An Unsettled Memoir (BWB, 2020) which will be available for purchase.

Alison Jones is an educational researcher and professor in Te Puna Wānanga, the School of Māori and Indigenous Education at the University of Auckland. Her book with Kuni Jenkins, He Kōrero: Words Between Us – First Māori-Pākehā Conversations on Paper (Huia, 2011), won the Ngā Kupu Ora Māori Book Award, the PANZ Book Design Award, and the Best Book in Higher Education Publishing (Copyright Licensing New Zealand) in 2012. Tuai: A Traveller in Two Worlds, co-authored with Kuni Kaa Jenkins, won best illustrated nonfiction book at the 2018 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards. This Pākehā Life: An Unsettled Memoir was shortlisted for best nonfiction book at the 2021 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards.

This event is free to attend, and tamariki are welcome.


  • Free


  • Sat 23 Mar


  • 11:00 am — 12:30 pm

New Zealand Portrait Gallery

  • New Zealand Portrait Gallery
  • Shed 11, 60 Lady Elizabeth Lane
  • Wellington 6011