A ruling by the Venezuelan Supreme Court stripped the opposition-controlled congress of its final authority last year, which has seen many citizens flee.
“New Zealand is concerned for the people of Venezuela and the deteriorating situation they face,” said New Zealand foreign affairs minister Winston Peters.
“More than three million Venezuelans have fled to neighbouring countries, putting a major strain on the region.”
The court eventually reversed course after plenty of internationnal criticism, but grievances surrounding Venezuela president Nicolas Maduro’s socialist government continue. High crime, inflation and food and medical shortages are among the grievances.
The funding is on top of the $145,000 already provided by New Zealand to support healthcare facilities, equipment and medical care for Venezuelans in Colombia and Brazil in 2018, via the World Health Organization and the UN International Children’s Emergency Fund.
“New Zealand has registered our objection to the human rights abuses being perpetrated by the Maduro administration,” added Peters.
“The people of Venezuela are asking for change. We support the efforts of all Venezuelans who are seeking to hold free and fair elections and call on Nicolás Maduro to respect the will of the people.”