Rikkitic: Aha, that at least makes sense. If that really is the reason, I don't know why they couldn't have just said so.

Because NZ is one of only a handful of countries in the world that allow parallel importing, people forget the fact the rest of the world operates with fairly standard regional distribution models that prevent distributors or resellers from selling product into markets where they're not the distributor.

Nikon in the USA go so far as to refuse to work on 'grey market' equipment, regardless of whether you are prepared to pay them to.