Two Kiwi heroines meet in New York

It's hard to say who would have been more starstruck when Lorde and former New Zealand prime minister Helen Clark met in New York today.

Clark, who now heads the United Nations Development Programme, posted a photo on Twitter of their meeting.

She said she was proud to host the 17-year-old "Kiwi legend".

Lorde wore a blue UNDP baseball cap, while Clark held up a copy of Lorde's record, Pure Heroine.

On Twitter, Lorde thanked Clark for having her.

@HelenClarkUNDP: So proud to host #Lorde today: Kiwi legend!” thankyou so much for having me, helen!

— Lorde (@lordemusic) May 21, 2014

She was in the US for the Billboard Music Awards, where she won two awards, including top new artist.

Clark later tweeted: "Kiwis all so proud of Lorde's achievements."

She isn't doing so badly herself - New Zealand's first elected woman prime minister holds the third-highest position at the United Nations, overseeing 8000 staff in 177 countries, with an annual budget of $6.77 billion.