Ed Sheeran tries to jump ship and move to New Zealand

He declared his love for New Zealand and asked the country's leader to 'hook him up' and let him move there, in a cheeky video posted earlier this week.

But Ed Sheeran was no doubt unprepared for prime minister Jacinda Ardern's response, which saw her challenging him to a hilarious informal citizenship quiz.

The 26-year-old singer was asked if he knew what 'jandals' are and whether he liked 'pineapple lumps' in Jacinda's mock-serious interrogation.

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Can he do it? Ed Sheeran was asked to pass a hilarious informal citizenship quiz by New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern in order to move there

Can he do it? Ed Sheeran was asked to pass a hilarious informal citizenship quiz by New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern in order to move there

Ed kicked off the exchange by recording a video message for New Zealanders before his hotly-anticipated concerts there in March.

'Hey New Zealand I can't wait to see you very soon. I'm not yet a citizen of New Zealand but I'm working on it – hook me up prime minister please,' Sheeran pleaded, in the clip for local radio station ZM. 

New Zealand's leader Jacinda, 37, responded with an informal 35-second citizenship quiz, recorded in her parliamentary office in Wellington.  

'Hello Ed, my name is Jacinda Ardern, I'm the prime minister of New Zealand and I understand you've put through a very informal request for citizenship,' Ardern deadpanned.

Tense times: The 26-year-old singer was asked if he knew what 'jandals' are and whether he liked 'pineapple lumps' in Jacinda's mock-serious interrogation

Tense times: The 26-year-old singer was asked if he knew what 'jandals' are and whether he liked 'pineapple lumps' in Jacinda's mock-serious interrogation

Cheeky: Ed kicked off the exchange by recording a video message for New Zealanders before his hotly-anticipated concerts there in March'

Cheeky: Ed kicked off the exchange by recording a video message for New Zealanders before his hotly-anticipated concerts there in March'

'Before we're able to think about that a little bit more I've got some very important questions for you. The first, do you like pineapple lumps? Do you even know what they are?' she asked with a mock-solemn expression.

Pineapple lumps are a New Zealand treat - a chocolate-covered sweet with a pineapple-flavoured soft centre, which New Zealanders often store in the freezer. 

'Two, are you willing to wear jandals in semi-inappropriate situations, and also, do you know what jandals are?' Jacinda continued ruthlessly.

Jumping ship: 'Hey New Zealand I can't wait to see you very soon. I'm not yet a citizen of New Zealand but I'm working on it ¿ hook me up prime minister please,' Sheeran pleaded

Jumping ship: 'Hey New Zealand I can't wait to see you very soon. I'm not yet a citizen of New Zealand but I'm working on it – hook me up prime minister please,' Sheeran pleaded

Hmm: New Zealand's leader Jacinda responded with an informal 35-second citizenship quiz, recorded in her parliamentary office in Wellington

Hmm: New Zealand's leader Jacinda responded with an informal 35-second citizenship quiz, recorded in her parliamentary office in Wellington

Jandals - thought to be a derivation of 'Japanese sandals' - are flip flops.

'Third, most important question of

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