New Zealand HoopFest is spinning into Wellington soon and it’s the first hoop gathering in kiwi country. Stuff reports that Karori woman Claire French is planning the inaugural three-day festival in Lower Hutt starting on February 17th. “I’m trying to show a lot of different styles so people who have never hula hooped before can get involved,” she said. “There will be workshops on burlesque hooping, hoop yoga and Native American hooping.” French became interested in hooping about five years ago when a friend encouraged her to try it. As well as being fun, hooping was very good exercise, she said. “I used to be double the size I am now. It’s a fun way to exercise and tone up. It doesn’t feel like you’re slogging yourself out in the gym. You can put some tunes on and give it a go.” Want more info? Check out the website and Facebook event page.