Ed Sheeran welcomed with first-ever pōwhiri

Ed Sheeran has been welcomed on his fifth visit to New Zealand by his first-ever pōwhiri.

He was welcomed by a 25-strong group from several different iwi to perform the greeting, NZME reports.

He requested the welcome as he had never received one before, offering the group who performed a signed album as a gift.

He was presented with a purerehua - a traditional Māori wind instrument that hums when swung in a circle.

Sheeran will perform three shows in Auckland on Saturday, Sunday and Monday before heading to Dunedin.

Newshub.