Some down-on-their-luck Maori living in Australia say they have considered pretending they are refugees – to get better treatment.

Iwi in Aus campaign leader Erina Anderson says many people have told her they are so desperate for money they are tempted to fake their immigration status.

New Zealanders in Australia continue to question the 2001 immigration law that blocks them from certain benefits.

Ms Anderson says that in comparison to New Zealand migrants, refugees and asylum-seekers get treated better and can get welfare benefits more easily.

E mea ana a Erina Anderson te kaiarahi o nga iwi Maori e noho ana ki Ahitereria e rukahu ana etahi Maori e pa ana ki a ratou pepa whakamana rawahi, na te mea kei te pohara haere etahi o ratou. Kei te tohe etahi uri o Aotearoa i nga ture o Ahitereria, me ta ratou hiahia ki te whakahuri i te ture whakamana mai i te tau ruamano ma tahi e aukati ai i a ratou ki nga hua papai o Ahitereria. Hei taana kei te mama noaiho mo te hunga rawaho e noho ana ki Aotearoa.