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It has been more than a century since the first hot-air balloon soared into New Zealand skies. In the early years, ballooning was largely entertainment, with daredevil exponents impressing the crowds by dangling from trapezes and leaping from their balloons with primitive parachutes. Today, it is both sport and sightseeing, as Wellington journalist Mark Coote discovered at the New Zealand Hot Air Balloon Fiesta, held at Hamilton in May 1991.


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