Ardern admits she may be seen as "an irritant" over Manus Island

Ardern admits she may be seen as

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says refugees on Manus Island will be her sole focus when she meets with Malcolm Turnbull again this week.

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.

"What Australia is doing is inhumane, and that is why we are here locking down the Australian high commission".

Almost 600 men have barricaded themselves inside the Manus island center for more than 10 days, despite having no regular food or running water, defying attempts by Australia and Papua New Guinea to close the camp in what the United Nations describes as a "looming humanitarian crisis".

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

"Australia does not have the right to reject New Zealand's offer", Boochani said. There remains a significant Australian Border Force presence on Manus Island, and Australian officials have the ultimate authority on critical issues such as medical transfers.

"People will die when that happens". The government argue that it deters asylum seekers from attempting a perilous sea voyage to Australia.

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Government frontbencher Matt Canavan criticised the genuineness of the offer.

But Ms Adern's criticism of Australia's handling of the refugee crisis on the island - which she has described as unacceptable - has prompted a warning from New Zealand's opposition for her to tread carefully.

John Key first made it to then Australian leader Julia Gillard in 2013.

Manus Island refugees said they were advised on Saturday by officials their eviction deadline would be extended another 24-hours, by which point they would be forcibly removed from the processing camp which had been without food, water or medical supplies for almost two weeks.

Ms Ardern said it was faster to organise the logistics of any deal with Australia. The crowd were watched by a dozen police but their demonstration ended peacefully.

The goal of the protest was to prevent anyone inside from leaving, Peace Action Wellington spokeswoman Emma Cullen said. "They destroyed the rubbish bins where we have been collecting water too", said Behrouz Boochani, a Kurdish journalist from Iran who has been detained for more than four years.

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