Pop superstar Harry Styles hit the stage in front of 40,000 fans at Auckland’s Mt Smart Stadium on Tuesday night and immediately had punters eating out of his hand.
“What’s up Auckland,” Styles said as he started the show with ‘Music For a Sushi Restaurant’.
The star asked how each section of the crowd was feeling before enthusiastically yelling “we’re going to have some fun tonight New Zealand”.
“Did everyone do the census thing?”
“I’ve been told we all have to be accounted for. We’ll have to stop the show if you haven’t done it.”
“Tūtira mai ngā iwi,” Styles said as he addressed the crowd as they erupted into the well-known waiata.
The atmosphere at Mt Smart was absolutely electric when Styles began his “disco” set, with the entire crowd erupting into dance for Cinema.
He draped the Tino Rangatiratanga flag around his shoulders for a moment then replaced it with a rainbow pride flag.
And everyone was again on their feet for Treat People with Kindness.
At one point Styles inspected signs that fans took along.
He singled out “Ashley” for “one of the strangest signs I’ve ever seen.”
“Sold our cat’s leg to be here,” the sign said.
“So many questions!” Styles said.
“I’m gonna be honest Auckland, not sure where to go from here!”
He thanked the people of New Zealand “for your support for all the years of my life I’ve been coming down to play. It’s been 11 years of my life, I think, so thank you so much.”
The crowd went wild when he launched into What Makes You Beautiful, and when mid-way through Love Of My Life he randomly held his mic stand above his head.
“Thank you so much,” he told the crowd before the stage went dark.
He returned to the stage for an encore and began playing Sign Of The Times, as the stadium lit up with fans waving the flashlights of their phones in the air.
Styles continued his encore with perhaps his most popular unreleased song, Medicine.
Closing off his Auckland show, Styles fittingly played Kiwi, introducing it by saying “you should know this next one! It’s named after you.” The song was met with rapturous applause.