It was Jacinda Ardern’s third trip to Australia in four months, but she keeps running into the same old obstacles with Malcolm Turnbull. Sam Sachdeva was in Sydney with the Prime Minister, and reports on the areas of contention - and cooperation - from her visit.
The head of Immigration New Zealand says there has been no increase in the risk of people smugglers making trips here, backing up his foreign affairs counterparts and countering Australian reports of increased “chatter”.
Reports of a recent rise in the risk of “boat people” coming to New Zealand following the Government’s stance on the treatment of Manus Island refugees are not backed up by any new intelligence, a senior MFAT official says.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has met again with her Australian counterpart Malcolm Turnbull to discuss the situation on Manus Island, promising up to $3 million in aid to Papua New Guinea.
The relationship between New Zealand and Australia looks set to face another test, with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern meeting her counterpart Malcolm Turnbull to again push for a resolution to the crisis on Manus Island.