'Corrosive' deportations on agenda for Ardern, Morrison meeting

Jacinda Ardern her partner Clarke Gayford and their child Neve last month

Jacinda Ardern her partner Clarke Gayford and their child Neve last month

Speaking to reporters the day before the meeting, Ms Ardern singled out the practice of deporting New Zealand citizens even in cases where the person had spent the majority of their life in Australia.

One topic unlikely to come up was New Zealand's offer to take refugees from Australia's offshore detention centres.

It's expected the economy, plus issues of deportation of New Zealanders from Australia and citizenship for Kiwis living there, will be on the agenda when Jacinda Ardern meets with her Australian counterpart Scott Morrison tomorrow.

She has also promised to talk about child poverty and climate change, which is increasingly affecting smaller Pacific nations.

Jenny and Scott Morrison give Jacinda Ardern and Clarke Garford a soft toy for their daughter Neve today.

But it has also become a chance to sell New Zealand as a place for innovation and investment.

"You are helping New Zealand to thrive", she told a group of would-be Australian investors looking to spend up in New Zealand.

Successive New Zealand leaders have raised the issue, but there's no indication the Australian government is prepared to soften its stance.

But it's the second wave of changes to New Zealand's Overseas Investment Act that's got Australian businesses anxious.

Examples often used are New Zealanders who moved to Australia as children, with limited to no family ties back across the Tasman.

"Australia has always been a firm part of that ecosystem and will continue to be, but unlike any other".

There was a sizable Australian media pack at most events Ardern was at during the day.

It comes after Ms Ardern met with Victorian premier Daniel Andrews and governor Linda Dessau.

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"As we've continued to reiterate, this is ultimately an issue for the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, they've undertaken consultation on the issue and it's not a matter for us".

It's understood the prime minister's schedule won't permit her to take time to see the mural in Brunswick, which depicts the iconic moment she hugged a Muslim woman.

"Call their bluff", came the half-correction, half-chirp from the back of the room, with Annette King stirring up memories of her previous political life in her new role as New Zealand's High Commissioner to Australia.

Iraq now has 95 New Zealand personnel stationed in Camp Taji where they are training Iraqi soldiers.

While the pair had met before, on the sidelines of the ASEAN forum in Singapore past year, that was Morrison's first official visit to New Zealand. "It's going to take country-by-country action. and it's going to take civil society to keep pushing for it".

Of course, there are far more contentious topics which Ardern will have to navigate with Morrison.

Australian PM Scott Morrison meets with Jacinda Ardern ahead of their meeting in Melbourne.

Having spoken about flagging business confidence within New Zealand as "the elephant in the room", the Prime Minister can ill-afford another pachyderm slouching across the ditch towards Wellington.

'There are many issues to be discussed around security arrangements, ' he said.

Last week, Australia's foreign minister Marise Payne told reporters in New Zealand that Australia had no intention of reviewing its policy.

Australian media were scattered outside the airport as Ardern left with her convoy, with cameras craning to get a shot of the Kiwi Prime Minister.

But Ardern's problems with Morrison would pale in comparison to a full-scale war with the Australian banks if that was to eventuate.

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