The Manus Island refugee deal that Ardern has offered Turnbull

Asylum seekers sit on the ground as they refuse to leave the Manus Island detention center in Papua New Guinea

Asylum seekers sit on the ground as they refuse to leave the Manus Island detention center in Papua New Guinea

Last week Ms Ardern offered for New Zealand to accept 150 refugee and asylum seekers now detained in a number of Australia's offshore centres.

"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.

At the same time, New Zealand believes the United States will take "higher quality" refugees off Manus first, leaving New Zealand with poorer quality.

Some 400 refugees rebuffed continued efforts by Papua New Guinea authorities to convince them to move from a shuttered Australian detention camp Tuesday as the tense standoff over their future drags into a third week. "No matter what label you put on it there is absolute need and there is harm being done", Ardern said.

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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". I'm interested in the fastest route, ' she said.

Earlier on Monday two Australian politicians spoke out against New Zealand's offer. "If these people are taken in by New Zealand it will effectively be a back door into Australia", he said in a reference to the 1000 asylum seekers who died while travelling by boat to Australia between 2007 and 2013.

One of Malcolm Turnbull's Ministers Matt Canavan has described it as a publicity stunt by Jacinda Ardern.

Ms Ardern has stressed the "great need" of the 600 refugee and asylum seekers now barricaded inside the closed Manus Regional Processing Centre during a press conference yesterday.

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Mr Turnbull had a meeting with US President Donald Trump on Monday morning in Manila and the pair will share dinner together where the US offer to accept 1250 refugees - agreed by former president Barack Obama - is likely to come up.

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

The Australia-based Refugee Action Coalition said officials destroyed property in the camp and attempted to destroy water wells that have sustained the asylum seekers for the past two weeks.

"The people on Manus need our help, they have committed no crime and shouldn't be locked up for exercising their right to seek asylum", said Emma Cullen, spokesperson for Peace Action Wellington.

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