'Undisclosed sum' paid to balloon-nappers to return seven-storey inflatable Iwi ...

An undisclosed sum has been paid to release a stolen New Zealand treasure.

Hot air balloon Iwi the Kiwi was stolen while in transit to Taiwan from the United Kingdom in July.

Rick Walczak, from Wairarapa New Zealand's North Island, posted an appeal for the seven-storey inflatable bird on social media where he continues to update Iwi's fans about the location of the bird.

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Hot air balloon Iwi the Kiwi (pictured, left) was stolen while in transit to Taiwan from the United Kingdom in July

Hot air balloon Iwi the Kiwi (pictured, left) was stolen while in transit to Taiwan from the United Kingdom in July

Rick Walczak, from Wairarapa New Zealand's North Island, posted an appeal for the seven-storey inflatable bird on social media. Iwi has been missing for four months.

Rick Walczak, from Wairarapa New Zealand's North Island, posted an appeal for the seven-storey inflatable bird on social media. Iwi has been missing for four months.

'I have strong information that Iwi the Kiwi has been found in the USA we are excited and waiting on further information and proof,' he wrote on Facebook on Monday.

'We are currently in negotiations to get him back safely after four months.'   

The commercial pilot and hot air balloon enthusiast told Stuff he paid a large and undisclosed sum of money to secure Iwi's release.  

'Payment has been made. For me, it was a lot of money. It was

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