Kiwi songstress Hayley Westenra is engaged to marry to her long term French partner, according to UK reports.

The 24-year-old singer has been dating Arnaud Sabard, a French sound engineer, for a number of years.

He proposed to her on a recent New Zealand trip, the London Evening Standard reported.

A family friend reportedly announced the engagement to the paper.


"Hayley and her Frenchman, Arnaud Sabard, came to stay for a couple of days and, exciting news, they became engaged," the friend said.

Ms Westenra's father, Gerald Westenra, did not refute the reports.

However, he said he could not comment and referred questions to Ms Westenra's management.

- Herald Online staff