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Why play poi?

Because it’s not only super fun, but good for your brain and body! Poi, a weight on the end of a cord which you spin in circular patterns, came from the Māori of New Zealand. Today poi is practiced all over the world, and it may hold the key to staying fit even well into old age!

While many people have experienced the fun and joy of poi, there hasn’t been any research to evaluate its potential health benefits…until now! We have just completed the first clinical trial to measure the effects of poi on physical and cognitive function in older adults. 

Poi research wins the prestigious Future Leader Award from The Royal Society Te Apārangi Early Career Researcher Forum. The competition celebrates innovative research.

TVNZ One News interviews poi study participant Marlene Stratton along with researcher Kate Riegle van West, to discuss the first scientific study on poi and its potential health benefits.

Radio New Zealand weaves together scientific data and interviews with kapa haka performer Puti Mackey, poi research participant Jocelyn Fausett, and researcher Kate Riegle van West.