Jacinda Ardern asks Ed Sheeran: Wanna move to NZ?

  • 30/11/2017
The pop star and the Prime Minister.
The pop star and the Prime Minister. Photo credit: Getty

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has responded to a request from Ed Sheeran to be granted New Zealand citizenship.

She asked the 'Shape of You' hitmaker three questions before she'll take his request more seriously - the most important being if he actually wants to live here.

Sheeran asked the Prime Minister to "hook him up" with citizenship while promoting his upcoming tour, which prompted the response.

"I understand you've put through a very informal request for citizenship," Ms Ardern says in a video posted on radio station ZM's website.

"Do you like pineapple lumps? Do you even know what they are? ... Are you willing to wear jandals in semi-inappropriate situations, and also, do you know what jandals are?"

Although the questions are humourous in tone, the Prime Minister delivers them deadpan. She ends her message by suggesting Sheeran contact her formally if he's genuine in his request.

"Most important question of all: are you willing to make New Zealand your home? Let me know."

Sheeran will perform multiple shows in Auckland and Dunedin in March and April, 2018.