An estimated 7700 people have broken the world record for the largest haka.
The official world record was held by France since 2014, when 4028 people took part. That record was beaten last year in Masterton by a 6000-person haka, though the achievement hasn’t been officially ratified.
If today’s numbers are confirmed, the haka at Rotorua’s Lakeside Village Green would set a new record.
The International Rugby Club organised today’s record and spokesperson Tony Molloy said he was confident the record had been smashed.
The mass haka took place as the British and Irish Lions prepared to play the Māori All Blacks in Rotorua in the weekend.
Local schools Rotorua Boys’ High School and Rotorua Girls’ High School helped to lead the haka with help from kaitātaki [leaders] Wētini Mitai Ngatai and Eraia Kiel.