Kiwi children's author Jack Lasenby dies at 88

Jack Lasenby.
Jack Lasenby. Photo credit: Penguin

One of New Zealand's best-loved storytellers and children's writers has died.

Jack Lasenby, a former schoolteacher and possum trapper, was born in Waharoa in the Waikato, which was the setting for many stories based on events in his childhood.

He wrote more than 30 books for children, winning many awards.

His popular titles include The Mangrove Summer, Because We Were the Travellers and The Lake.

Acording to publisher Penguin, author Margaret Mahy said he was "perhaps the most innately New Zealand writer of all New Zealand writers for children".

Lasenby was 88.