The country’s previous national government had lifted the number from 750, which was in place for three decades.
“This is the right thing to do,” said New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern.
“It fulfills New Zealand’s obligation to do our bit and provide a small number of people, displaced by war and disaster each year, a place to call home.
“We need to make sure we’ve got the space, and facilities at the refugee settlement centre in Mangere, we need to make sure the location services are provided with the support that they need.”
New Zealand also has a Refugee Family Support category for 300 places. This allows for refugees or “protected persons” with residence the opportunity to sponsor a family member, their partner and dependent children for New Zealand residence.
“An additional six settlement locations will also be needed around New Zealand on top of the recent re-establishment of Christchurch as a settlement location,” added immigration minister Iain Lees-Galloway.
“The number of intakes of refugees and the size of each intake will also be changed from July 2020 while the current six-week reception programme at Mangere will be shortened to five weeks.”