As me: note that the OP states "This torpedoes the idea of...". (My underline.)
As mod: JohnD (and everyone) please leave speculation about the motives (or whatever) of posters out of threads. Such speculation is off topic. Use the report button if you have a concern. Please stick to providing A to the Q - and if it all goes pear shaped we'll deal with it as required.
NASA: "New Zealand is seldom photographed from orbit because it is one of the cloudier parts of planet, and because crew sleep periods often occur when the ISS passes over the area."