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ZURU’s story began with a simple science project. Mat Mowbray invented a model hot air balloon that won the New Zealand science fair. Some years later Mat, 23, moved to China with his brother, Nick, 18, where they were later joined by their sister, Anna, 22, with a goal to build ZURU into one of the world’s leading toy companies. Today, ZURU pays tribute to these humble beginnings by supporting the annual Balloons over Waikato event in New Zealand. The event hosts over 130,000 spectators over 5 days with the highlight of the event being the Zuru Nightglow, where the balloons glow to orchestrated music finishing with the best fireworks display in town! The Balloons over Waikato Trust is a non-profit organisation that selects local charity partners to benefit from the funds raised each year.