Harry Styles praised for embracing Māori culture, te reo and tradition at Auckland show

Pictures of Harry Styles posing with Māori kapa haka group Angitu have appeared on social media, showing the pop star doing the cultural groundwork ahead of his one-off New Zealand show on Tuesday night in Auckland.

In the shots, which will attract millions of views, Styles can be seen among the group while demonstrating his pukana.

The pictures are believed to have been taken at Mt Smart Stadium and have cemented him in the affections of New Zealanders after he incorporated Māori elements into the show.

The pop star entertained thousands at Mt Smart Stadium with his music as well as his seeming affection for all things Aotearoa.

At the Auckland concert, Styles led the crowd in two renditions of 'Tūtira Mai Ngā Iwi' by Indigie Femme to the joy of thousands of fans.

He also draped himself in the Tino Rangatiratanga flag on stage, with footage showing him joyously placing it in the centre when he'd finished wearing it.

Social media has been overwhelmed with praise for Styles' acceptance of New Zealand traditions.

"HarryStyles just danced with the Tino Rangatiratanga flag on stage and the little Māori girl in me died," one said.

"Loving Harry Styles for holding centre stage with the Māori flag of sovereignty and leading Tutira mai ngā iwi," another said on Twitter.

"Māori? Wow, how cool was that? I love how he incorporates things that are relevant to the culture of the country where he's playing. Thrilled for you, sweets!" another commented.

Styles is believed to have left Auckland straight after the show last night, heading to Thailand for his next string of shows from the Love On Tour global jaunt.