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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern criticises Australia for stripping dual national terror suspect's citizenship

"Providing free period products at school is one way the Government can directly address poverty, help increase school attendance, and make a positive impact on children's wellbeing", says Ardern.

For the second time in less than a month New Zealand's left-wing Labour government has attacked key ally Australia, with an angry Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern lashing Canberra on Tuesday for rejecting a dual national arrested in Turkey over links to the Islamic State terrorist group.

The 40-year-old leader said Australia had "abdicated its responsibilities" by unilaterally cancelling the citizenship, forcing New Zealand to shoulder the responsibility for the woman, who has not lived in New Zealand since she was 6.

"Any fair-minded person would consider this person an Australian and that is my view too", Ardern said in a statement.

"Now, I understand that the New Zealand Government has some issues with that".

New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, this time, has not shied away from telling her Australian counterpart that his country is at "wrong" this time. In this particular case, the woman concerned has family in Australia, and it would be most effective to place her there after she had gone through the justice process in Turkey.

The Turkish defence ministry described the family as New Zealand nationals who had been trying to enter the country "illegally from Syria" and "were caught by our border guards".

"The deployments to Afghanistan have been one of the longest running in our history", Ardern said.

"I think everyone who has a little person in their lives will know how important these precious things can be, so maybe you can help us find whoever "wink" belongs to?"

"These children were born in a conflict zone through no fault of their own", she said.

"As soon as we can identify them, they should be brought home.to face the full rigour of the law here. and taken out of circulation".

"We will be engaging with the Turkish authorities, and given there are children involved, their welfare will be top of mind in our response", she said.

Since 2014, around 3,000 New Zealanders in Australia have had their visas cancelled "on character grounds" - which does not always require a criminal conviction.

About 1,500 Kiwis have been caught in the dragnet - nearly half the total of 4,000 - and Wellington has raised concerns some of those deported allegedly grew up in Australia and have no ties to New Zealand.

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