Supplies gathered for NZ's Syrian refugees

12:18 pm on 22 February 2016

Religious groups in the lower North Island have gathered household supplies for the first 95 Syrian refugees to settle in Wellington.

Anglican and Catholic churches, and the New Zealand Islamic Centre, will kit out 25 homes with kitchenware, bedding and bathroom accessories, and other essential items.

Anglican Bishop of Wellington Justin Duckworth said people across the region had gladly given items for the refugees, who arrive in a couple of weeks.

He said it showed New Zealand had the capacity and willingness to increase its annual refugee quota.

The Red Cross will assign volunteers to each family to give them ongoing support.