Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison departs New Zealand with no real shift on major trans-Tasman pressure points

In and out in 24 hours - Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has left New Zealand and left it in the same state he found it in.

After a day of meetings and photo ops in Queenstown on Monday with his New Zealand counterpart Jacinda Ardern, there has been no shift on the major pressure points affecting the trans-Tasman relationship.

The two leaders started the day by laying a wreath at the Arrowtown War Memorial. It was there Morrison assured Newshub the trans-Tasman relationship hasn't hit a low ebb.

"Not at all," Morrison said. "We're very pleased to be here today and particularly here to mark a solemn occasion, as we always must as Anzacs."

It comes amid allegations New Zealand has gone soft on China at the expense of the relationship with our Australian cousins and the rest of the Five Eyes spy club, which also includes Canada, the US and UK.

There was also that much-hyped 60 Minutes Australia promo, which aired on Sunday night. It questioned if New Zealand was becoming "New Xi-land", a nod to Chinese President Xi Jinping. 

Australia has taken a far tougher stance on China but at the expense of billions of dollars in trade. 

"Australia's sovereignty is never for sale," Morrison has said. 

Standing alongside Ardern at a joint press conference on Monday, Morrison was asked if New Zealand has sold its sovereignty to China. He was also asked if New Zealand is jeopardising its relationship with Australia and the Five Eyes. 

"No is my short answer," Morrison said. "Australia and New Zealand are trading nations, but neither of us would ever trade our sovereignty or trade our values."

Ardern added, "When it comes to the matter of Five Eyes, we remain a committed member. That is not in question, not in doubt."

Morrison even appeared to suggest China was fomenting the trans-Tasman division.

"I think as great partners, friends, allies and indeed family, there would be those far from here who would seek to divide us and they will not succeed."

But we actually do a pretty good job of dividing ourselves - 501 deportees being the case in point.

"In our view, sometimes Australia deports Australian criminals," Ardern said during the press conference. "Prime Minister Morrison's under no doubt of my views on these matters."

"And likewise," Morrison added. 

Divisions have been compounded by Australia washing its hands of dual citizen Suhayra Aden who was detained in Turkey with her children. Australia stripped her citizenship over alleged links to Islamic State. 

"Ms Aden is not an Australian citizen," Morrison insisted. 

Like so many family feuds, the leaders dealt with it all by playing happy families.

"As with any family, we will have our disagreements from time to time, but those disagreements are still undertaken in the spirit of openness and ultimately, friendship," Ardern said. 

"We are much bigger than our differences and the last year has taught us that."

And that right there is quick-fire diplomacy - in and out within 24 hours. There was plenty of talk but no real shifts in New Zealand's favour on any of those pressure points. 

Australia does what it wants when it wants.