Thirteen refugees from Syria have resettled into local communities after completing their induction programme at the Mangere Refugee Resettlement Centre in Auckland.
The Government announced last February it would take 100 Syrians as part of its annual United Nations refugee quota of 750.
An Immigration New Zealand spokesperson said plans were under way to resettle the remaining Syrians in the first half of this year.
Refugees selected to live in New Zealand spend their first six weeks at the Mangere Refugee Resettlement Centre.
Amnesty International called for the Government should take more refugees from Iraq and Syria, saying atrocities had been carried out on civilians by Islamic State and Kurdish forces, the Iraqi armed forces and the Shia militia which supports them.
Amnesty International New Zealand executive director Grant Bayldon said New Zealand needed to play a bigger part in protecting those civilians.
"New Zealand has a tiny refugee quota and really isn't doing its bit to support the resettlement of refugees who have fled from Syria and Iraq," he said.
"Secondly, before it gets involved in any military action, it really needs to look at a thorough plan for protection of civilians right across the region."