NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has criticised Australia's stringent deportation policy, saying the policy is "corrosive" damaging the Trans-Tasman relationship.
He says it highlights what rights Kiwis are missing in Australia. "New Zealand does the same".
"As we watched the smoke reach our shores, it only furthered our desire to do everything we could to support Australia", she said.
But Mr Morrison didn't budge on Australia's rules which he said were very clear.
He also stressed that officials now know far more about the virus, such as how it spreads, how infectious it is and who is most likely to succumb to severe illness as a result of infection.
New Zealand courts were dealing with these long-term Australian residents who were failing to rehabilitate because they lacked the necessary family and social networks, she said.
New Zealanders have always been considered near-citizens of Australia because most are free to live in the country for as long as they want.
"This policy is applied not specific to one country, but to any country whose citizens are here".
"Doesn't matter how long you have been here".
The government said it has taken this action due to the pace at which coronavirus has spread outside of China, however he stressed that there is no reason for people to stop attending public events or avoiding going out for meals.
"If somebody has never shown any interest in becoming a citizen of Australia and they commit criminal activities, why shouldn't we deport them?"
The meeting of health ministers comes as travel restrictions on people entering Australia from China were extended for another week.
Ms Ardern's been under increased pressure to talk to Australia's PM about the issue.
After a busy few days in Fiji, today will be jam-packed when Ms Ardern sits down with Australia's Governor General, New South Wales' Premier as well as Mr Morrison.
New Zealand is held up as a great ally on climate issues in the Pacific while Australia is criticised for promoting fossil fuels.
Ardern said numerous 2,600 New Zealand citizens Australia had deported in recently years had no "home" in New Zealand because they had left years ago. The United States is managing 59 cases - majority Americans repatriated from a cruise ship in Japan.
Earlier on Friday Ms Ardern met with NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian at parliament house where the NZ leader said her country felt "very deeply" for the state during the bushfires.