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New Zealand has had diplomatic relations with Venezuela since 1980. The bilateral relationship between New Zealand and Venezuela is based largely on trade, particularly in dairy products. In the year to June 2014, New Zealand exported NZ$301 million worth of goods to Venezuela, of which NZ$297.2 million were in the dairy sector, making it New Zealand’s fifteenth largest dairy market in the world for the period.
New Zealand and Venezuela are both members of the UN, WTO and FEALAC (Forum for East Asia – Latin America Cooperation) and work together in these fora on issues of mutual interest. New Zealand is sharing a term with Venezuela on the United Nations Security Council for the period 2015-2016.
Venezuela is eligible for assistance under a modest fund operated by the New Zealand Embassy in Mexico City. The Head of Mission Fund, as it is known, is available to assist small non-government organisations and community group development projects in Venezuela [external link]. Venezuela is also eligible for New Zealand Development Scholarships (NZDS) [external link].
See full details of the development relationship on the New Zealand Aid Programme website [external link].
New Zealand’s Minister of Agriculture, Hon John Luxton, visited Venezuela in late 1999.
Official name – The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela
Land Area – 912,050 sq km
Population – 30.4 million (2014 estimate)
Capital City – Caracas
Religion – Catholic
Official language – Spanish
Currency – Bolivar
Exchange Rate – 6.3 Bolivares = US$1 (fixed from February 2013)
Political system – Presidential; Universal adult suffrage
National government – Council of Ministers appointed by President
National legislature – 165 member unicameral National Assembly
Last election – Presidential, April 14 2013; Legislative, September 2010
Next election due – Presidential, 2018; Legislative, 2015
Head of State – President Nicolas Maduro. In Venezuela the Head of State is also the Head of Government.
Foreign Affairs – Elias Jaua
Trade – Alejandro Fleming
Movement of the Fifth Republic (MVR).
The United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) was created to unite the MVR with other pro-Chávez parties, but some parties will remain outside the grouping.
Opposition parties include:
The Democratic Unity party (MUD) which includes the Democratic Action party (AD), the Independent Electoral Political organization Committee party (COPEI), the Justice First party (PJ), the National Convergence party (CN), and A New Time party (UNT).
Nominal GDP – US$505.8 billion
GDP Per Capita – US$17,614
Real GDP Growth – -3.1%
Exports FOB – US$81.1 billion
Imports – US$50.3 billion
Main export – Oil
Consumer price inflation (average) –63%
Gross external debt – US$70.3 billion (estimate)
Current account balance – US$4.1 billion
Source: Economist Intelligence Unit (2014 estimates)
Milk powder, whey and milk constituents, cheese and butter
Acyclic alcohol and derivatives, spirits and liqueurs, carriages for disabled persons
Source: Statistics New Zealand (year to June 2014)top of page
The New Zealand Embassy in Mexico City is also responsible for Venezuela [external link].
The Venezuelan Embassy in Canberra is also responsible for New Zealand [external link].
The New Zealand Safe Travel website has comprehensive information including advice on travel to Venezuela [external link].
Further enquiries may be directed to:
Tel: +64 4 439 8000
Fax: +64 4 439 8532
 Parque Nacional Los Médanos de Coro is located in the state of Falcón, Venezuela, near the city of Coro on the road that leads to Paraguaná. The National Park was created in 1974.