NZ PM Criticises Australia Over Manus Crisis As Situation Escalates


Ms Ardern will be pressing Mr Turnbull again to accept New Zealand's offer to take 150 refugees from both Manus Island and Nauru.

Activists chain themselves to the gates of the Australian high commission in Wellington to protest against the treatment of Manus Island refugees and asylum-seekers.

The approximately 420 asylum seekers and refugees choosing to remain at the now-closed Manus Island processing centre have been without food, water or medical supplies for nearly two weeks.

'I see the human face of this and I see the need and the role New Zealand needs to play.

"Ultimately there are a group of people that do need to be resettled", she said.

Ms Ardern has continued to push New Zealand's offer to accept 150 refugees and asylum seekers from Australia's offshore detention centres since her first face-to-face meeting with her Australian counterpart in Sydney a week ago. I think it's clear that we don't see what's happening there as acceptable, that's why the offer's there'.

"That's their issue, the point I'm simply making is the New Zeland Prime Minister knows they won't take up the offer, no Australain politician would take it up". The camp officially closed on October 31, but the detainees, who were sent to the island as part of Australia's offshore detention program, have refused to relocate to temporary accommodations.

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Newshub has been briefed on the deal and can reveal that Ms Ardern is happy for Australia to place an order on any refugees that they can never travel there.

Hundreds of men have refused to leave the Manus Island camp in an increasingly tense stand-off with authorities since Australia declared the facility closed on October 31 and shut off electricity and water.

Acting Prime Minister Julie Bishop said there was no reason for the remaining men to choose to stay, rejecting accusations that conditions and facilities at the new camp were inadequate.

Papua New Guinea authorities started to dismantle makeshift shelters at the centre over the weekend, while the men reportedly began digging more wells.

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

Citing safety concerns, however, the approximately 600 people living there have refused to leave, despite the rapidly deteriorating conditions.

"There is an increased risk because of the way this has been organised".