From RNZ

A beloved children's author described as one of New Zealand's most important authors - Jack Lasenby, has died.

Mr Lasenby was 88.

The Wellington-based author wrote children's books, novels, and short stories.

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He was the winner of numerous awards, including the Prime Minister's award for Literary Achievement in 2014.

Some of his more popular titles include The Lake, The Mangrove Summer, and children's series featuring characters like Aunt Effie, and Uncle Trev.

- RNZ