From the Dotcom Mansion . . . to the Toy Mansion.
Just over a year after the Hong Kong-based Kiwi toy moguls, the Mowbray siblings Mat, Nick and Anna, bought the Kim Dotcom mansion for $32.5 million, Nick, the President and Director of ZURU, threw a large house-warming party in the infamous mansion.
Last year Anna told the Weekend Herald that after its chequered past, the family were keen to bring fun and positivity to the property — the labels Chrisco Mansion and Dotcom Mansion were in the past and the property would now be known as Mahoenui Valley.
Its nickname is now the Toy Mansion and rather than a big teddy bear called Kim, there was a life sized teddy wandering among the 200 odd guests, who turned up for the party.
So who went? A cross section of Auckland society, a generous smattering of pretty girls and music acts, Jupiter Project, Sweet Mix Kids and DJ Aroha Harawira. Partygoers strolled the grounds and danced inside and outside the mansion’s central party zone. Guests were asked not to wear stilettos, however a social media ban might have been a plan.
Many guests snapchatted private parts of the house, including the master bedroom, the mirrored walk-in wardrobe and the private lap pool and noted scenes in the house known for the infamous police raid of Dotcom in 2012.
It was a good start to the Mowbrays’ social cred in Auckland and no harm has been done to the siblings’ intention for the place to be a future haven for family and friends and ZURU staff.