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What is SpinPoi?
SpinPoi is a social enterprise dedicated to improving health and wellbeing through Poi. We support individuals and organizations across the globe with our evidence-based programs, specializing in improving the quality of life for seniors.
They have been featured in national and international media including ABC News, TVNZ, Radio New Zealand, and Maori Television.
Who is Dr. Kate Riegle van West?
SpinPoi was founded by Dr. Kate Riegle van West, 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.
From a young age, Kate gravitated toward climbing on things/hanging upside down/causing general panic for her parents. At age 7 she joined a youth circus in the USA and immediately knew the circus was her home. It was also where she eventually discovered Poi, an unassuming sock with a weight in the end that completely spun her life around (pun intended). Kate continued performing and coaching circus throughout her studies and career as a digital artist, web designer, and musician but became frustrated with the lack of evidence around Poi as a tool for improving health. At age 28 she left her job at Harvard University and moved to New Zealand, where Poi began, to pursue a Ph.D. on a ball on a cord.
Find out more about Kate and join the movement at www.spinpoi.com
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6th February, 2022Delivery estimated time."The delivery takes time. You should not put estimated delivery for 7 business day if the delivery will take more than a month. I paid too much for the delivery i thought it was fast!" Emelyn
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Reply from Home of Poi: "Sorry about the delay in getting your goods. Occasionally in some areas, Covid delays can slow down the expected delivery times. This unfortunately is out of our control."
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22nd January, 2022Excellent customer service"Unfortunately, due to the state of the madness of the world we are living in I wasn t able to receive my online order!!! My emails were all answered quickly and my refund happened instantly!!! So I will definitely be buying from this company again and I am grateful to have been treated with so much respect" Janelle
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20th November, 2021Extremely disappointed."Utterly disappointed in the way things have been handled when ordering from them this time. I understand COVID is making things difficult for everyone, but honestly in this case it s no excuse at all." Jessp
, Australia. [Verified Buyer]SILVER Member since Oct 2021
Reply from Home of Poi: "Unfortunately Australia is refusing to take any postal items sent from the USA, so we could not ship to this customer. We are now using a different freight carrier now."
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