2 million people sought for ‘Maori Language Moment’ world record attempt

The Maori Language Commission in New Zealand announced it is seeking 2 million people to set a Guinness World Record by taking part in a “Maori Language Moment.”

The commission, which organized a Maori Language Moment with about 1 million people to celebrate Maori Language Week last year, said it wants this year’s event to make it into the Guinness Book of World Records with 2 million participants.

Participants who register on the event’s website will be called on celebrate the language by using Maori at noon to share a greeting, sing a song or recite a prayer.

Ngahiwi Apanui, chief executive of the Maori Language Commission, said participants can do something as simple as saying “kia ora,” a traditional Maori greeting that translates to “be saved.”

“Register and say what you’re going to do. If you want to do a mihi [greeting] at that time, that’s cool too, if you want to sing a Maori song, you can engage that way,” he said.