The Question is now: Does OTUSA want the Kiwis in the next Cup? They surely must know by now that ETNZ will run out of money at the end of the month. That could be the Reason they're delaying the Protocol. Just a Theory.
If the delay was for that reason I would think that the COR would be the one with the most to gain. OR has less to worry about with regards to ET than does the COR. I'm not saying that this is the reason for the delay, just who would benefit most if it were the case .