Margaret Mahy 1936 - 2012

Image: Margaret Mahy by Christchurch City Libraries on Flickr

We have selected these online resources to support you when you need information relating to Margaret Mahy. Includes her own writing, images and interviews. SCIS 1698492

Christchurch City Libraries

The Christchurch City Library’s pages on Margaret Mahy are easy to navigate for younger students. There is a page devoted to Margaret Mahy’s commentary on her own writing and an electronic reproduction of the book The Word-eater. Margaret Mahy was a former Children’s Librarian at Christchurch City libraries. SCIS 1698492

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary

Digital New Zealand

This site provides access to thousands of pictures, video, sounds and objects from New Zealand museums, libraries, galleries, archives and private institutions. To discover sets and items use the search term Margaret Mahy.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary

Many Answers

To discover information on the homework site Many Answers, use the search term ‘Margaret Mahy’.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary

New Zealand on Screen

New Zealand on Screen has provided this excerpt from the animated documentary A Tall Long Faced Tale plus other links to excerpts and trailers of her filmed works.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary

Radio New Zealand

Radio New Zealand has provided a collection of interviews, lectures and forums involving Margaret Mahy.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary


This page on the Storylines website has in-depth information about the writer and a lecture of hers that can be downloaded.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate


Biography in Context, Books & Authors, Student Resources in Context and the Australia/New Zealand Reference Centre databases all offer comprehensive information on Margaret Mahy.  School login (username and password) is required.

Suggested level: Intermediate and secondary

Have you thought about using fiction with your class to support your topic? The following are some suggestions for your students (and you!) to read and enjoy.

The green bath, by Margaret Mahy, 2013 (picture book)
The man from the land of Fandango, by Margaret Mahy, 2012 (picture book)
Mister Whistler, by Margaret Mahy, 2012 (picture book)

ProductionShed.TV: "Down the Back of the Chair" - TVNZ DVD Margaret Mahy's Rumbustifications. ProductionShedTV. Youtube.3:05