PNG ups pressure on refugees to leave Australian camp

Jacinda Ardern wants to have a "substantive" discussion with Malcolm Turnbull at the East Asia Summit about the situation on Manus Island.

But he said police would not use force to remove the 379 men who are still inside.

"We have grave concerns over the situation on Manus Island but also for the refugees on Nauru and that our hopes it to lend a hand as far as we are able in helping to resolve the situation", she said.

On the 31st of October, the Manus detention centre was closed, leaving the people there with no food, water, power or medical care for the past two weeks.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has criticised Australia's handling of the escalating refugee crisis as the situation on Manus Island reaches fever pitch. These refugees and asylum seekers have the right to be evacuated and resettled somewhere where seeking asylum is acknowledged and they will be welcomed into the community.

Four hundred and twenty-one refugees and asylum seekers holed up in the Manus Island detention centre have been told by Papua New Guinea's government they must leave on Monday or face forcible eviction, as another legal challenge goes to court, and global pressure continues to mount on Australia to intervene.

"We're shutting them down for as long as we can.at least until the evening, to affect these people, and for these people to acknowledge and question what their Government is doing", Cullen said. "No matter what label you put on it there is absolute need and there is harm being done".

I see the need and the role New Zealand needs to play. "I think it's clear that we don't think what's happening there as acceptable, that's why the offer's there", she said.

'It continues to be the easiest option is to go through Australia given the screening that's already occurred of those refugees.

But National's foreign affairs spokesman Gerry Brownlee said it was "surprising she's made a decision to go so hard on the Australians".

The agency has urged both PNG and Australia to find a "humane approach" to end the "unconscionable human suffering".

According to an Australian journalist, Ardern and Turnbull "chatted informally" early Monday morning (NZT) following her remarks, although it was unclear whether Manus had been mentioned.

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