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IMNZ is one of those races that is far from North America or Europe and too early for attracting many PRO. Since 2001 it has been won 15 times by NZ (Cameron Brown, Branden Currie and Terenzo Bozzone)... It's expensive to travel down there time consuming (travelling) and jetlag, not really worth cost/benefit for most of PRO.
As for the coverage of the race, I would assume the same thing sending a Team to cover the event too expensive. You probably might get limited coverage but don't expect a Facebook live coverage for 10 hours. Finally, the IMNZ it's on Saturday and with the difference in TimeZone from North America, it's basically Friday morning 6:45am... most of the people are working!
I might be wrong but the interest and benefits for Ironman Corporation look very low to invest in a full coverage of this event. Only reason that this would happen is that New Zealand Tourism Office would paid for it.