7 Nov 2017

Ardern refuses to side step Australia over Manus detainees

From , 4:03 pm on 7 November 2017

The New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern is refusing to side-step Australia and negotiate directly with Papua New Guinea over taking desperate Manus Island detainees.

This is despite her Australian counterpart Malcolm Turnbull putting New Zealand's offer to take 150 refugees on the back burner.

PNG is now having to deal with the humanitarian crisis of 600 men with no food, running water or health services, holed up in the now closed detention centre and refusing to leave.

It was discussed by Jacinda Ardern and Malcolm Turnbull during a flying visit to Sydney at the weekend.

Radio New Zealand's political editor Jane Patterson was there.

The 98th daily protest in the centre, 6-11-17.

The 98th daily protest in the centre, 6-11-17. Photo: supplied