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Dr. Kate Riegle van West

Poi for Your Health

With Dr. Kate Riegle van West

SpinPoi Limited

Poi has the perfect mix of physical and cognitive elements to keep your brain and body engaged. It’s playful. It’s rhythmic. It’s challenging (yet achievable!). And it’s backed by rigorous scientific evidence: a clinical trial found that after just one month of poi practice, participants improved their grip strength, balance, and attention.

The one-hour session will start with a presentation followed by a hands-on workshop. Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes (with non-marking soles) to move around in; you may wish to bring along a water bottle.

Dr. Kate Riegle van West is the founder and CEO of Spinpoi. Kate is a scientist, artist, and entrepreneur with a passion for play and wellbeing. Kate completed her PhD in the health benefits of poi at the University of Auckland, where she conducted the first study to scientifically investigate the effects of poi on physical and cognitive function. She was awarded the Future Leader Award from the Royal Society of New Zealand and the Best Doctoral Thesis Award for her work in the poi/health field.

Kate has featured on BBC World News discussing how poi can help us relax and de-stress amongst the COVID-19 pandemic. View at:

Kate's work in aged care has also featured on The Project, TV3. View at:
02.00pm on Saturday 22 May in the Church
Mount Eden Village Centre, 449 Mount Eden Road
Oceania Healthcare




Situated in the heart of the desirable suburb of Mt Eden, Eden Village offers options for both aged care and retirement living, with beautifully-finished independent living apartments and luxury Care Suites providing Rest Home and Hospital care. In April 2021, we opened brand-new one, two and two-plus-bedroom apartments, as well as an exclusive village community centre with a cinema, café and bar, lounge, dining, outdoor seating and BBQ area, gym and library.

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