A festival of lights this weekend is a special cause for celebration for a Rotorua artist with both Maori and Indian heritage.
Waatea News reports that as part of the Deepawali festival on Saturday at the Rotorua Energy events centre, Gina Wright from Ngati Naho, is running workshops on Indian arts.
Her great grandmother was a gypsy from Rajasthan.
Ms Wright says Rangoli, which uses coloured rice, sand and flowers to create colourful designs, is enjoyed by tamariki from all cultures.
There will also be Mehndi (temporary skin art), yoga, clothing and food stalls before a cultural show and fireworks display in the evening.