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.
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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.