World Record Haka set in Brive-la-Gaillarde, France. Wait. France?

PHOTO/STEPHEN PARKER via Rotorua Daily Post

International Rugby Club co-founder Tony Molloy said there was no better place than Rotorua to reclaim the record for the world’s largest haka.

“We were inspired by the fact the record was (and still officially is) held by the French! It needed to be reclaimed by New Zealand and what better place than Rotorua?

“Staging it before the Rotorua game where the Maori All Blacks will face off against the British and Irish Lions just couldn’t be a better setting,” Mr Molloy said.

The official record stands at 4028 participants which was achieved at an event organised by car manufacturer Mazda in Brive-la-Gaillarde, France, in 2014.

Well.  That won’t do.  

The number to beat, however, is 6200 which was the number of participants who performed a haka in Masterton last November although their attempt is yet to be officially ratified.

That means almost 10 per cent of Rotorua’s population will need to be at the Village Green at noon on Saturday, June 17.

To help residents and visitors get to the event, the Bay of Plenty Regional Council has offered to make all City Rides bus services free that day.

Mr Molloy said it was about welcoming fans, visitors and the British and Irish Lions to Rotorua.

“We want as many Rotorua locals as possible to join the giant haka and see it as something they can be part of with a degree of pride in claiming the record on behalf of their town.”

I hope they manage to take that record back.


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