Protests in NZ as Ardern talks Manus

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"This is a strong relationship that we have with Australia, it's an important relationship but as I say, when there is information to update you on then I will", she said.

Almost 600 men have barricaded themselves inside the Manus island center for more than 10 days, despite having no regular food or running water, defying attempts by Australia and Papua New Guinea to close the camp in what the United Nations describes as a "looming humanitarian crisis". "We made the offer because we saw a great need", she said.

In a statement on Sunday, PNG's immigration minister, Petrus Thomas, told refugees and asylum seekers still in the centre they must leave by Monday "so that they can have access to basic necessities such as food, water, medical care and security and that the work on decommissioning of the facility ... can be completed for the PNG defence force to take complete control of their land and property".

"There are no interpreters in Manus right now", he said.

"It seems like a PR stunt from the New Zealand prime minister to try and focus on one group of refugees which there is a process for, including settlement in the United States", he said.

Ardern said she will again discuss the escalating crisis and stand-off on Manus with Turnbull when the two leaders meet at the East Asia Summit in the Philippines this week.

Ardern, who previously reiterated NZ's offer, criticised Australia's unyielding stance on Sunday.


More than 600 refugees and asylum seekers have barricaded themselves inside the mothballed detention center on the island.

Asked about reports that Papua New Guinean authorities will soon remove the men from the centre, Ms Ardern said she would once again raise her country's offer to take refugees from Manus Island with Mr Turnbull.

These have raised human right issues until it was ruled as illegal and ordered to be shut down by the PNG Supreme Court.

'I see the human face of this and I see the need and the role New Zealand needs to play. "I think it's clear that we don't see what's happening there as acceptable, that's why the offer's there".

Earlier on Monday two Australian politicians spoke out against New Zealand's offer.

With the situation worsening by the day, the PNG government is demanding a solution while Australia is denying responsibility.

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