There are some moving tributes to Margaret Mahy posted on the New Zealand Listener website – it becomes so apparent how much she was (and will remain) revered: http://www.listener.co.nz/culture/books/margaret-mahy-memories/.
In particular, Jane Hurley’s words resonate with me:
” If I were stuck on a desert island for years, the person I’d most want to be stuck with would be Margaret Mahy. Every day would be full of enthusiasm and excitement and optimism and story. I remember in one phone interview Margaret confessed that she’d always wanted to be a tapdancer. She was. She tapdanced through words and her prose sang around her.”