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07 November, 2017, 00:47 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • Jacinda Ardern is named the thirteenth most powerful woman in global politics

Coalition partner NZ First plans to reopen trade negotiations with Russian Federation but Ms Ardern says a new TPP deal tops her agenda.

"The matter is already before the International Criminal Court (ICC), and of course New Zealand is a signatory to the Rome Statute so we have jurisdiction to take action against perpetrators of crimes against humanity and war crimes".

The two leaders held talks here earlier on Sunday.

More than 600 refugees and asylum seekers have barricaded themselves in the mothballed detention centre on Manus Island, which closed on Tuesday.

"The agreement with the USA would lead to a substantial number of refugees being resettled", she said. They feared for their safety if they had to leave the compound.

"What we are seeking to do is ensure there are opportunities for resettlement for the people on Manus Island and Nauru".




Asked what that meant for Ardern's request to take 150, Turnbull said "we are not taking it up at this time".

Just as you can't choose your family, Turnbull has precious little say over who gets elected on the other side of the ditch.

It has been rejected a few times on the grounds it would give asylum seekers a backdoor into Australia and become a marketing opportunity for people smugglers.

Mr Thomas also said the PNG government could not continue to bear the cost of watching over residents at the mothballed centre.

That has been an annual offer from New Zealand since 2013 and has been declined every year - but Ardern had pushed for it harder than John Key or Bill English, saying the plight of the 600 still in the Manus Centre had given it a "human face" which should not be ignored.

Andrews, a former immigration minister, told Sky News he acknowledged there were concerns about such a deal, but said: "We should give consideration to what New Zealand is offering". The United Nations has called on Australia to urgently restore support to those on Manus Island, at the very least.

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