15 Nov 2019

Iranian refugee in New Zealand after leaving Manus Island

From Morning Report, 7:25 am on 15 November 2019

A Kurdish Iranian refugee who has become known as the voice of Manus Island detainees has arrived in New Zealand - and might try to seek asylum here.

Behrouz Boochani is an award-winning author, journalist and advocate for refugees held in detention by the Australian government.

He was transferred to Papua New Guinea two months ago and arrived in Auckland last night on a visitors visa.

Before leaving Port Moresby, he told the ABC he would never be going back, saying he wants to be somewhere where he is a person, not just a number.

He said he has been accepted for resettlement in the US and would investigate whether he could travel on there from New Zealand, or even stay here instead.

He's in New Zealand for the Word Christchurch festival.

Green Party spokesperson for Human Rights Golriz Ghahraman.