Here's the story: I went to a VTNZ testing station, my car passed and got a new WOF sticker. I checked that the circle was punched out for January, 6 months from now. A few days later I drove to Rotorua for a conference, put money in a parking meter only to return to find a pink ticket with a $200 parking fine. "What a jerk of a meter reader" I thought, there's still 15 minutes left on the meter. Looking closer the ticket stated an out of date WOF. WT*F.???!! The WOF sticker did have January punched out but it was 2007, not 2008. Cr*p! Neither I nor the VTNZ testing guy noticed the wrong year. Its funny how it happens but when there is a glaringly obvious error - the wrong year on a sticker - the mind cannot see it.
So I went to the Rotorua VTNZ, they confirmed it was the mistake of my local VTNZ station, and issued a correct 2008 sticker.
Went to Rotorua police to explain the situation; they told me to go to Rotorua district council where they said it happens a lot (wrong WOF stickers resulting in tickets). So I had to fill out a detailed explanation for the RDC to consider. Back home I went to the local VTNZ and they said at this time of the year there are two books, 2007 and 2008 and the error does happen. I didn't pop my cork at the VTNZ staff for two reasons, the women were attractive and friendly and the guy who issued the wrong sticker is a friend of mine. But I did insist that they fax Rotorua District Council to verify my explanation.
So the next time you get a WOF sticker be sure to check for the correct month and year.