A big impact on importing into New Zealand with the new ESC (electronic stability control) rules, is the impact of vans going to New Zealand. Now with the rules covering used vans going from Japan to New Zealand, when searching for a van in the used car auctions in Japan, you need to know what has ESC (often listed as VSC in vans) and what does not.
Firstly, Hiace wagons and commuters had a change to ESC (VSC) in 2016. Don’t waste your time searching for anything older than that.
Secondly, Hiace vans had a change over to ESC (VSC) from December 2017.
The Japanese article explaining the details here.