As it happened: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Jacinda Ardern hold press conference in Auckland

  • 22/02/2019

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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison are holding a joint press conference in Auckland as part of the Australia-New Zealand Leaders Meeting. 

It's Mr Morrison's first official visit to New Zealand as Prime Minister of Australia, although he has met Ms Ardern before, at the ASEAN forum in Singapore last year. 

In a fleeting visit that will last less than a day, Mr Morrison was welcomed at Government House in Auckland on Friday morning, before meeting with Ms Ardern for private discussions. 

Prime Minister Ardern has been urged to address the dire conditions in Australian detention centres in her talks with Prime Minister Morrison. 

Filipa Payne from Iwi in Aus says conditions in centres need to be addressed as a priority, telling Newshub: "I hope that our Government actually stays strong and stands up for humanity."

Mr Morrison came to power in August last year after ousting former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. The Liberal Party MP won the party room vote to become the country's 30th Prime Minister, after a controversial leadership battle.