Certainly the importer I bought my GRiSO from (imported from Japan) told me he would not be importing non ABS compliant bikes as they could not be registered in New Zealand when the regulations changed.
The regulation killed any new DR650 Suzukis being sold here for that reason.
Whether there are any loopholes that allow a non ABS bikes to be registered here I don't know, It wont be straightforward though.
If someone knows a way please let us know how.
The nanny states rule. Strangling anything innovative and different.
Not that ABS is a bad idea but we've lived without it for centuries so why is it suddenly essential ?