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

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Meanwhile, the lawyer representing Manus Island refugees said he will file an application next week to disqualify the chief justice of the Papua New Guinea supreme court from presiding over the refugees' case.

Approximately 420 asylum seekers are refusing to leave the Papua New Guinea detention centre over fears for their safety from locals. It says boat arrivals will never enter Australia, even if they are found to be refugees, as this would encourage people smugglers in Asia.

A legal challenge to have the PNG government restore essential services to the original detention centre, on the grounds their removal breached the constitutional rights of those inside, was rejected last week.

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.

Turnbull declined, although said he could reconsider the offer once the arrangement with the USA was sorted.

"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", Ardern said. Australia's prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, most recently refused it earlier this month.

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

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Ms Ardern hasn't revealed the content of the talks with Mr Turnbull, but said the fact they were continuing proved the urgency of the situation.

She said New Zealand has the capacity to help the refugees and should be talking with the PNG government directly to solve "this humanitarian crisis".

Ms Ardern said it was faster to organise the logistics of any deal with Australia.

"That would not be our intent to do that - we treat citizens as citizens and residents as residents".

Australian authorities are continuing to refuse refugees' requests to be allowed to settle in New Zealand. I'm interested in the fastest route, ' she said.

"Philip Ruddock was one of the architects of Australia's brutal and inhuman offshore detention regime".

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