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Veteran Coromandel Author comes out on top
The Margaret Mahy Medal has been given since 1991 for an outstanding contribution and lifetime achievement in the field of New Zealand children's literature and literacy.
“Des Hunt’s greatest contribution is his ability to ‘hook’
young people into reading through his riveting stories situated in familiar
contexts, with characters similar to their friends and families. His school
presentations make children feel that books are pivotal to their lives,” says
Storylines Chair, Dr Libby Limbrick. Des Hunt is the author of more than 20
acclaimed children’s and young adult novels, most set in New Zealand with
strong environment and science themes.
Since retiring from teaching in 2007 to concentrate on
writing fiction for children, Des has become a popular visitor to schools and
libraries throughout New Zealand, combining his love of storytelling, the
environment and science.