Author Margaret Mahy celebrated her 75th birthday. She is the author of more than 200 books, translated into more than 15 languages. She is the only New Zealand author to have been awarded the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award for children’s literature.
Mahy tried to create stories that children and adults could appreciate.
"I hope they have the same sort of relationship [with her books] that I had with the ones I read as a child," she said.
"I still read them, and they sort of become part of your life." Mahy said her writing rate had slowed – "part of the charm of being 75" – but she was "edging towards the end" of another book.
Charming, wise and wonderful.