Australia should accept New Zealand offer to resettle refugees

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

Meanwhile, refugees holding out in the centre have reacted to news that the New Zealand government would further talks about resettling Australia's offshore detainees.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has blasted Australia's handling of the refugee crisis on Manus Island as unacceptable as she seeks another meeting with Malcolm Turnbull on the issue.

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

PNG authorities have moved into the centre yesterday and destroyed shelters' and storage water tanks built by the refugees who are refusing to leave the decommissioned, Australian-run detention centre on Manus Island, but have avoided using force to forcibly evict anyone in their efforts to move people on. "No matter what label you put on it there is absolute need and there is harm being done", she said.

The U.N. has allegedly warned the stand-off is a "looming humanitarian crisis". "I'm interested in the fastest route".

"People will die when that happens".

Morteza Saffari, a member of Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, said, "The Australian government, despite all its apparent support for human rights, has made it very hard for those taking refuge there and pays no attention to human rights [of those concerned] whatsoever", ICANA reported on Saturday.

'We urge Australia to reconsider this and take up the offer, ' Nai Jit Lam, deputy regional representative at the UNHCR told Reuters.

There are 400 refugees and asylum seekers who have barricaded themselves inside the mothballed detention centre, saying they fear for their safety if they leave.

Newshub has been briefed on the deal and can reveal that Ms Ardern is happy for Australia to place an order on any refugees that they can never travel there.

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.

Monday's protest in Wellington was co-ordinated by Peace Action Wellington.

The goal of the protest was to prevent anyone inside from leaving, Peace Action Wellington spokeswoman Emma Cullen said.

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