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Wairarapa schoolkids on track for haka World Record

The record attempt was held on Wednesday, involving kids from several Wairarapa schools and pre-schools.
haka world record

haka world record

Schoolkids in Wairarapa have successfully set a new Guinness World Record this week, for having the most number of people perform a haka at one time.

More than 7000 pre-school and schoolchildren performed the Ko Wairarapa – a haka composed for the people of Wairarapa in the late 1980s.

The event took place on Wednesday in Masterton’s Memorial Park.

Paora Ammunson, who composed the haka and is also a district councillor, told the NZ Herald he’s “thrilled” the whole community has come together to perform the routine.

He added that other than an 1980s rugby match, he can’t remember a time when 7000 Wairarapa people stood united.

“It’s going to be awesome seeing thousands of our young people standing up,” he said ahead of the record attempt.

Community page Wairarapa REAP shared an image of the record attempt alongside the caption: “Early indications are that we had enough people for today’s record attempt. Thank you so much to so many people.”

It will take a couple of days to finalise numbers, and make sure that they have beaten the last record holders in France, but so far it’s looking positive.

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