Hi SeÃ¡n and John,
We actually have exactly the same question :-). We are moving from The Netherlands to New Zealand in a few months, and are looking for a region-free capable DVD harddisk recorder. The Lite-On recorders seem to fit our needs, so we also would like to know if the Lite-On HD recorders (LVW-5026 or LVW-5045) are able to recognize TV channels in NZ. I already asked John to let me know as soon as he gets in NZ with the recorder :-).
I have been looking at the Panasonic DMR-EH50GN-S harddisk recorder, which is sold in several shops in NZ, so I'm sure this recorder supports all NZ TV channels. Although I think this recorder can not be set to region-free, according to its specifications at http://panasonic.co.nz/dmr-eh50gn-s.html it supports the following channels:
(PAL-BG)VHF: CH 1 â€“11, UHF: CH 21 â€“ 69, CATV: S1-S41
SeÃ¡n, maybe can conclude from this information if the recorder supports the NZ channels or not? I hope so