The world record for the largest haka has been smashed in Rotorua.
Around 7800 people were out in force at the Village Green in Rotorua today, giving it their all to beat the official record which sat at 4100.
Men, women and children chanted and threw their hands in the air with great enthusiasm, creating an almighty roar.
Co-founder of the International Rugby Club Tony Molloy said that even though they have to wait for the record to be officially confirmed they are confident in their efforts.
The haka was led by Wetini Mitai-Ngatai and Eraia Keil, with help from students from Rotorua Boys' High School and Rotorua Girls' High School.
The words to the famous Ngati Toa Rangatira haka, Ka Mate, were shown on the large screen.
The Bay of Plenty Steamers rugby team were there from 10.30am to 11am for a public meet and greet.
"As well there will be several ex-Maori All Blacks taking part in the haka which will be cool," Tristan Tuckey, co-founder of the International Rugby Club says.
- This article was first published on nzherald.co.nz and is republished here with permission.