Artworks by eight Rotorua students are being exhibited in a national exhibition in Wellington.

Ringa Toi Student Exhibition is an annual exhibition showcasing the artwork of students from around New Zealand, with a focus on Toi Māori (Māori art).

Students whose work was featured come from Rotorua Boys' High School, Rotorua Lakes High School and Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Koutu.

Year 12 student Ben Balle (Tuhourangi) has returned home to Rotorua after living in Auckland.

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It was his first year taking the photography class but he said being included in the Ringa Toi exhibition had opened his eyes

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