ageorge: Some good has come out of this saga. I spoke to the supplier in China who will provide CE approved NZ plug chargers at no extra cost. This is a USB mains charger. Since the majority of their phones sensibly charge using the USB lead, then its a good solution to a sticky problem.
Incidentally Ive discovered that the majority of China mobile sellers on Trademe sell with US plugs (illegal) + NZ adaptors (also illegal, as not approved).
When these phones arrive in 2 weeks I will do a review on them. Already have done this for another product I import which is a solder/rework station.
See here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p505Oj17z0U
Good to see someone bringing in more IP phones so we can have a better choice here in NZ. I would recommend importing PoE phones as well, which you can target to customers that want communications to stay up through any power cut. Thats mostly the corporate market where networks are powered by UPS and users want extra features, addons etc.
I agree that prices for electrical standards are a real barrier to new business, although regulations are free (as opposed to standards). NZSA is a self funding body, hence the prices.