Manus Island activists locked to gates of Australian high commission in Wellington

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The camp inside a Manus Island navy base was declared closed October 31 based on the Papua New Guinea Supreme Court's ruling a year ago that Australia's policy of housing asylum seekers there was unconstitutional.

The U.N. Human Rights Committee said on Thursday Australia should bring its migration laws into line with global standards.

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.

"For the mean time, the PNG and Australia government should supply food, water, electricity and medicines to the refugees and asylum seekers".

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"That's a good approach, if those that really want to go to Lorengau than they obviously can go there but those that did not really want to go to Lorengau they can stay back in Lobrum awaiting this court and you can't force anybody against his will and so they can't be forced to go to the place where they don't really want to go, so the approach that they are taking is good", the refugees and asylum seekers lawyer Ben Lomai said.

"The Australian government, as a signatory to the 1951 UN Refugee Convention, is responsible for these refugees, regardless of how they entered Australian territory to seek asylum".

"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", he said.

She's seeking another meeting with Turnbull to discuss New Zealand's offer to take 150 of the refugees and doesn't believe the Aussie PM sees it as a stunt.

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Ardern, who previously reiterated NZ's offer, criticised Australia's unyielding stance on Sunday.

Having already made the offer to Turnbull in person, Ardern said she would again raise the issue with him when they meet this week in the Philippines - on the sidelines of the Asean summit.

Local people on Manus Island were never consulted about the offshore detention centres and although the Papua New Guinean government has received huge payments from Australia, little of this has trickled through to local villagers. I see the need and the role New Zealand needs to play.

"We made the offer because we saw a great need".

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Ms Ardern said it was faster to organise the logistics of any deal with Australia. "I think it's clear that we don't think what's happening there is acceptable, that's why the offer is there".

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