Kurdish Iranian journalist and award-winning author Behrouz Boochani has landed in New Zealand after six years in an Australian offshore detention centre in Papua New Guinea, saying he has no plans to return.
He was offered a one-month visa to attend a literary festival in the South Island city of Christchurch.
Australia has been criticised for how it holds asylum seekers. who try to reach the country by boat.
While in detention, he wrote an award-winning book. The book, which details his experience as a refugee on Manus Island, was written on a smartphone via WhatsApp and has won numerous awards, including the Victorian Prize for Literature - Australia's richest literary honour - in 2019.
Al Jazeera's Andrew Thomas reports from Sydney.