Auckland-based former Manus Island worker condemns Aust

Auckland-based former Manus Island worker condemns Aust

Auckland-based former Manus Island worker condemns Aust

"We see that we have a role to play here, we're very eager to play that role and as I say I'll be having another conversation with the Prime Minister in the Philippines".

Hundreds of refugees and asylum seekers at Manus Island have barricaded themselves inside the closed detention centre, with some describing the situation as a humanitarian crisis. "No matter what label you put on it there is absolute need and there is harm being done".

Papua New Guinea's Minister for Immigration and Border Security Petrus Thomas said Sunday he expected the remaining men at the Manus Island detention centre to leave the site by tomorrow so they can access, "food, water, medical care and security".

Auckland-based social worker Charlotte Wilson, who worked at the Manus Island detention centre for the Salvation Army from February 2014 - January 2015, has condemned the Australian government.

Ms Ardern hasn't revealed the content of the talks with Mr Turnbull, but said the fact they were continuing proved the urgency of the situation.

"I see the human face of this issue".

"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".

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Ardern wants another meeting with counterpart Mathew Turnbull, this time while the pair are in Manila for the East Asia Summit.

Responding to reports PNG authorities were preparing to remove refugees and asylum seekers from the now-closed facility on Thursday, Jacinda Ardern said she wanted to raise the issue with Mr Turnbull at APEC.

Ms Ardern says however the men ended up on Manus Island, they've now been screened and had their status as genuine refugees confirmed.

And she has not moved to negotiate directly with PNG while Australia leaves New Zealand's offer "on the table" but does not totally reject it.

Meanwhile, National's foreign affairs spokesman Gerry Brownlee has said while nobody is immune to the suffering on Manus, Ardern should be cautious and show respect to the wider problem Australia faced.

Ardern said New Zealand "treated citizens as citizens and residents as residents", so was not prepared to give the refugees a different status, but how Australia viewed refugees that might come to New Zealand was a matter for that country.

She said she did not intend to pursue direct talks with Papua New Guinea until she had a firm answer one way or the other from Turnbull. Ms Ardern said she would not change New Zealand law to prevent this from happening. I stand by the way that we've managed the situation.

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