Margaret Mahy's books feature in latest stamp issue

12 March 2013

New Zealand Post is celebrating the writing of the late Margaret Mahy ONZ with its latest stamp issue. 

Countless New Zealanders have grown up enjoying the charming humour, fantasy and adventure of Margaret Mahy’s writing. The vast body of literary work she produced during her lifetime is unmatched in New Zealand. Internationally, she was recognised with the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen award for children’s literature - the only New Zealander to have done so.

The five stamps were chosen with the help of Margaret Mahy’s family and feature the covers from some of her most popular works - A Lion in the Meadow (70c), A Summery Saturday Morning ($1.40), The Word Witch ($1.90), The Great White Man-Eating Shark ($2.40) and The Changeover ($2.90).

The stamps were launched at Wellington City Library. Penny Mahy and Alice Mahy, Margaret Mahy’s daughter and granddaughter, attended and read her stories to children from Clifton Terrace School and a class from Mount Cook School.

“Few people have been as inspiring and successful as our most acclaimed children’s writer, Margaret Mahy,” said Ivor Masters, Head of Stamps and Coins at New Zealand Post.

“She was awarded the New Zealand Post Book of the Year multiple times. It is very fitting that we are recognising her in this stamp issue.

“We are delighted to make these stamps available to the public and we wish to extend a special thanks to her family for their support,” said Ivor Masters.

New Zealand Post is proud of its commitment to lift the level of literacy and education in our communities. Together with our core literacy partners, we have been helping to get Kiwis reading since 1993. Our programmes include the New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards, the New Zealand Post Book Awards, Literacy Aotearoa, Books in Homes and the Howard League for Penal Reform.

The stamps are available from 13 March through selected New Zealand PostShops, at REAL Aotearoa stores in Auckland and Wellington, online at or 0800 STAMPS (782 677).


For more information:

Contact Simon Allison, Sales and Marketing Manager, Stamps and Coins, for New Zealand Post on 04 496 4758 or 027 581 8161.

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