Jacinda Ardern, Malcolm Turnbull at first state visit

Ardern has made a renewed offer to take 150 refugees from Manus Island. (David Gray/Reuters).

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull chatted about kayaking and posed for the cameras as they met for the first time on Sunday.

All smiles and handshakes – Jacinda Ardern meets with Malcolm Turnbull (Video 1 News)

05 November 2017

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern arrived in Sydney on Sunday morning for an informal get-together and brunch with Malcolm Turnbull ahead of the APEC leaders forum next week.

Turnbull met Ardern on the front steps of Kirribilli House on her arrival and they chatted before Turnbull took her to the verandah for a view of the Sydney harbour. Turnbull said he was looking forward to some “very good” discussions.

Ardern and Turnbull took in the view of the Sydney Harbour before their brunch.

“[We’ve got] so much in common, so much history, shared values, shared future,” he said.

Ardern’s big test will be talking tough on a reciprocal relationship for Kiwis in Australia after years of Opposition criticism that the previous government did not put up enough of a fight about the erosion of rights of New Zealanders across the Tasman.

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