Last week Ms Ardern offered for New Zealand to accept 150 refugee and asylum seekers now detained in a number of Australia's offshore centres.
"I think it's clear that we don't see what's happening there as acceptable, that's why the offer's there", she said. "We have been visiting Manus island several times over the last couple of years, we have reported on the very dire conditions in these centers". No matter what label you put on it there is absolute need and there is harm being done, ' she said on Sunday.
She admitted persisting with the issue had the risk of her becoming an irritant to Australia, but said it was important to highlight New Zealand's ability to assist. Turnbull snubbed the offer when she raised it in bilateral meetings in Sydney a week ago. "If these people are taken in by New Zealand it will effectively be a back door into Australia", he said in a reference to the 1000 asylum seekers who died while travelling by boat to Australia between 2007 and 2013.
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"She knows full well the Australian government is not going to take up the offer".
John Key first made it to then Australian leader Julia Gillard in 2013.
DESPITE setting another deadline for the 379 refugees and asylum seekers at the Manus Island regional processing centre to leave yesterday or face forcible eviction, Manus police commander David Yapu says force will not be used to move them.
Mr Trump has called it a "dumb deal" but Mr Turnbull said it is Australia's priority over New Zealand's offer.
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Canberra has struggled to transfer refugees from Manus and Nauru, with just 54 accepted so far by the United States under a deal reached with former president Barack Obama.
Some 400 refugees rebuffed continued efforts by Papua New Guinea authorities to convince them to move from a shuttered Australian detention camp Tuesday as the tense standoff over their future drags into a third week.
Their intention was to make staff at Australia's High Commission acknowledge and question their government's actions, spokeswoman Emma Cullen said.
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