Living it, breathing it - NZ

We love New Zealand. But it's not all mountain ranges, wild coast and native bush...sometimes the spirit of the nation is a little more subtle!
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2013 Diwali Festival - Auckland Lilly Singh AKA Superwoman, YouTube personality, was certainly what the punters had queued for hours to see, and they weren't disappointed.

2013 Diwali Festival - Auckland Lilly Singh AKA Superwoman, YouTube personality, was certainly what the punters had queued for hours to see, and they weren't disappointed.

2013 Diwali Festival - Auckland Mainstage entertainment was only overshadowed momentarily by the entrance of Lilly Singh AKA Superwoman, who under escort was chaperoned into Aotea Square to the squealing crowd.

2013 Diwali Festival - Auckland Mainstage entertainment was only overshadowed momentarily by the entrance of Lilly Singh AKA Superwoman, who under escort was chaperoned into Aotea Square to the squealing crowd.

2013 Diwali Festival - flash mob Then with a dramatic beating of drums, crowds turned heads towards Queen Street where performers sprang to life with a flash-mob display of street dance with Bollywood flamboyance.

2013 Diwali Festival - flash mob Then with a dramatic beating of drums, crowds turned heads towards Queen Street where performers sprang to life with a flash-mob display of street dance with Bollywood flamboyance.

Te Toto Gorge, from 200 metres -- beautiful Raglan

Te Toto Gorge, from 200 metres -- beautiful Raglan

"Fush and Chops' at the Raglan Estuary

"Fush and Chops' at the Raglan Estuary

A sure sign of winter -- toadstools mean rain.

A sure sign of winter -- toadstools mean rain.

2013 Diwali Festival - Auckland

2013 Diwali Festival - Auckland

2013 Diwali Festival - Auckland

2013 Diwali Festival - Auckland

2013 Diwali Festival - Auckland At times it was difficult to know which direction to turn. Mainstage, classical Indian dance was jaw-droppingly beautiful - storytelling with grace and perfection. With performers as young as 5 years of age, the skill and expression through dance was a real joy to watch.

2013 Diwali Festival - Auckland At times it was difficult to know which direction to turn. Mainstage, classical Indian dance was jaw-droppingly beautiful - storytelling with grace and perfection. With performers as young as 5 years of age, the skill and expression through dance was a real joy to watch.

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