189 visa - NZ Stream

Hi Everyone,

Hope all is well. Seeking for some clarifications please. If you are a NZ citizen who’ve been working/living in Australia from 2012 until Jan 2016 (4yrs) and went back to NZ until Dec 2019 then back in Australia (2yrs now in OZ); will you be eligible to apply for visa 189 - NZ Stream by Dec 2024 (5 years after from the latest entry which is Dec 2019) or you can already apply at this stage if you are counting 5 years of stay in Australia from 2012 until Jan 2016 plus Dec 2019 up to date? Or you should apply for visa 189 - NZ Skilled Independent Stream just because you entered back in OZ on 2019? Average range of annual income from 2016 to date is 75k-90k.

Also, with the below clause, kindly please help to clarify. A bit confuse if the first entry in OZ on 2012 until 2016 as resident for tax purpose is applicable to the below clause? Or the date of usual residency shall start on the latest entry which is 2019 (in this case, won’t be eligible for visa 189 NZ stream)?

“You must have been usually resident in Australia for a continuous period of five years immediately prior to application, and have commenced that period of usual residence on or before 19 February 2016.”

Thank you so much for your responses. Cheers!