Stalemate as refugees dig in at closed Australia camp in PNG


National Party leader Bill English has this morning suggested "a bit of respect" is in order from Jacinda Ardern in her persistent offer to resettle 150 refugees from Australia's Manus Island offshore detention centre.

The National leader was asked why Malcolm Turnbull would stand by it's agreement for the United States to resettle 1,250 refugees in its offshore detention centres, and not take up New Zealand's similar offer.

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

About 20 asylum seekers on Friday left an Australian-run detention center due to close down in Papua New Guinea, but hundreds of holdouts faced forcible eviction amid an immigration standoff that has blighted Australia for years. No matter what label you put on it there is absolute need and there is harm being done, ' she said on Sunday.

"It might work for the audience in New Zealand but I think she does need to show a bit of respect for the hard situation Australia have with dealing with refugees, the hundreds of people who died when they did have a whole swarm of boats turning up in Australia". I think it's clear that we don't see what's happening there as acceptable, that's why the offer's there'.

A substantial discussion has not yet happened - Ms Ardern will now bring it up when the pair meet in the Phillipines this week.

'It continues to be the easiest option is to go through Australia given the screening that's already occurred of those refugees.

"I have pursued this issue from New Zealand's perspective", she told a media conference at the APEC Summit in Vietnam.

Sources say about 450 men have barricaded themselves into the center and have been living without food, water, and power for over 13 days.

Iranian journalist Behrouz Boochani, who is interned on Manus Island, wrote on Twitter that the men had been "struggling with starvation" since refusing to leave the camp when it was declared closed two weeks ago.

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

Acting Prime Minister Julie Bishop said there was no reason for the remaining men to choose to stay, rejecting accusations that conditions and facilities at the new camp were inadequate.