In2Hula – Can Canterbury swing it?

Hoop Record attempt 2012 028For many, the hula hoop brings back childhood memories, but one Canterbury women is bringing the hoop back with a whole new twist, and challenging a New Zealand hula hooping record at the same time.

In2Hula’s Bernadette Smith is helping New Zealanders embrace the worldwide resurgence of hula hooping. 

“Hula hooping has made a massive comeback – it has taken the world by storm…Kelly Osborne uses it to stay fit, Beyonce advocates it and in Canterbury we have embraced it for fun and for fitness,” says Bernadette.

In 2008, Christchurch set the New Zealand record for the largest number of people simultaneously hooping. A year later Invercargill trumped that. On September 28, Bernadette is on a mission to bring the New Zealand hula hooping record back to Canterbury. “We just need more than 200 people to join us in Lincoln Domain.”

The challenge involves everyone simultaneously hula hooping for two minutes. Anyone who drops their hoop in this time cannot be counted towards the final number. “So while we know how many people we need to finish with, we need many more at the start, so that at the end of the two minutes we still have over 200 people swinging their hoop.”

The event, backed by Ray White Lincoln and Rolleston is also a fundraiser for a local Selwyn district school. All hoopers are invited to nominate a local school, and the one that has the most people hopping for them, proportionate to their school role, will win all funds raised. In the lead up, Bernadette and member of the local Ray White teams have been visiting local schools and teaching the kids some of the finer and more fun aspects of hula hooping. Ray White is donating hula hoops to every school they visit.

Money is being raised through the sale of New Zealand made fitness hula hoops and via many fun activities at the free Family Fun Day that is all part of the activity on September 28.

“The local community has been amazing and we have hundreds of dollars of spot prizes to give away.” Auctions, celebrity hooping competitions, live music by local Selwyn talent and children’s rises are all part of the festivities. The free Family fun day starts at 11am. Hoopers are asked to register online before the event at      

Can’t get it up?

To help people rediscover the fun of hula hooping, and to improve their spin, Bernadette is holding a series of free demonstrations and lessons before the event. Come along and give it a go

  • Saturday 7th and 21st September @ Lincoln Events & Craft Market, beside Heliers Cafe
  • Sunday 8th September @ Rolleston Envirotown Market, Rolleston Square
  • Saturday 14th September @ Lincoln Domain


For Further Information:

Bernadette Smith
Phone:  021 246 6779
Email:       Web: