Ardern met with Autralian prime minister Scott Morrison earlier this week – and rightfully questioned the approach.
“In my view, this issue has become corrosive in our relationship over time,” said Ardern.
“I’ve made it clear that New Zealand has no issue with Australia taking a dim view of newly arrived non-citizens committing crimes.
“But equally, the New Zealand people have a dim view of the deportation of people who move to Australia as children and have grown up there.”
Consecutive Kiwi governments have complained about their trans-Tasman neighbours’ policy of deporting non-citizens who have committed crimes.
“Our government has taken a very strong line when it comes to those who are in Australia who are on visas,” added Morrison.
“Visas are not citizenship, visas are provided on the basis of people being compliant with those visas and that doesn’t include committing crimes.”
Meanwhile, check out Ardern’s recent comments about New Zealand’s growing relationship with China.