New Zealand may come to Australia's aid with an offer take in some of its asylum seekers. The Prime Minister, John Key, hinted at the offer before a day-long meeting with his Australian counterpart, Julia Gillard, on Friday and said New Zealand had been in discussions with Australia about a "regional solution" for boat people arrivals. Both Mr Key and his office refused to confirm speculation the offer would equate to about 75 places out of New Zealand's refugee quota of 750 people a year.

Tracy Watkins