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As the standoff on the island continues, the New Zealand prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, has condemned Australia's handling of the situation as "unacceptable".

Peace Action Wellington says refugees have been indefinitely detained by the Australian government in illegal camps on Manus Island and are now being forcibly moved into even more precarious situation.

"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.

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.

Ardern again reiterated New Zealand's desire to resettle 150 of the men now held in Australia's offshore detention centres despite Malcolm Turnbull turning down her offer a week prior.

The Catholic Bishop Conference is calling on the PNG and Australian Government to assist the 492 refugees and asylum seekers in Manus with basic needs.

"We have been given instructions from our authorities not to use any force", Commander Yapu said. "I think it's clear that we don't think what's happening there as acceptable, that's why the offer's there", she said.

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Speaking at the APEC Summit in Vietnam on Saturday local time, the Prime Minister of New Zealand said the unfolding stand-off between refugees and PNG immigration officials was unacceptable.

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

The renewed push comes close to two weeks after the detention centre officially closed and as another deadline for asylum seekers and refugees still inside to leave passes.

Australian authorities are continuing to refuse refugees' requests to be allowed to settle in New Zealand.

Asked about criticism of her approach from National foreign affairs spokesman Gerry Brownlee, Ardern said she was happy with how it had been handled.

Protesters at the gates of the Australian High Commission.

According to an Australian journalist, Ardern and Turnbull "chatted informally" early Monday morning (NZT) following her remarks, although it was unclear whether Manus had been mentioned.

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