25 Mar 2018

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern meets singer Ed Sheeran

9:22 pm on 25 March 2018

The Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern met the singer Ed Sheeran today - after inviting the songwriter for afternoon tea.

This is Sheeran's sixth trip to New Zealand.

This is Sheeran's sixth trip to New Zealand. Photo: RNZ/Dan Cook

Ms Ardern posted a photograph online with the English musician, who is in New Zealand on tour.

She said she cheekily suggested he come round for "a cuppa and some scones" but did not expect him to say 'yes'.

On her Instagram account, she described meeting Mr Sheeran as a real treat and, as an added bonus, said the scones were not a complete disaster.

Her partner Clarke Gayford also tweeted an image of himself and Mr Sheeran reading a book called "I'm not fat, I'm pregnant!"

Sheeran's second show of three Auckland dates is at Mt Smart Stadium tonight.

He then heads south for three shows in Dunedin.