jb meant to say Takapun
a (North Shore), not Taranaki
which indeed would be a bit of a commute. Good place to live, in my opinion though I'm being told this summer (so far) is noticeably cooler than last year's. Still better that than those 40+ temperatures they are suffering over in Australia.
eujin wrote:Yeah, have a great time. New Zealand is awesome. Your post reminded me what a great time I had there, especially when I was first arriving in the middle of summer. I think I found a soccet team before I found a place to live and I couldn't really believe it when my teammates said I needed to get boots with good studs because the ground was rock hard. You're probably already used to the down-under style and Auckland does try a bit too much to be like LA, but it's all good nonetheless.
Depends what burb you're in. Some streets I drive down I think they're convinced they're living in effing Miami. East Auckland is the worst. The waterfront has improved a bit in recent years but still has a way to go.
East Auckland is where I live. Quite enjoy it over here esp. going for a walk to Musick Point or down the beach. That said, I know what njs means.
However, as I live in a flat that until recently served as a medical clinic and have a depot for a backyard I cannot be accused of leading an extravagant lifestyle.
just because wrote:Is there a winter league as well????? I couldnt find anything on it.
It's not too dissimilar to Australia where you have state leagues below the A-League with no relegation and promotion.
NZ is divided into three zones: Northern (upper North Island, including Auckland), Central (lower North Island, including Wellington) and Southern (South Island).Northern:Northern Premier League
(you can think of this as the second tier in the
pyramid)Northern League First Division
(3rd tier)Northern League Second Division
(4th tier)Central:Central Region Premier League
(2nd tier)Central Federation Premier League
(3rd tier for teams in this
region that are not from Wellington) with the winner playing the winner of the Capital Premier League
(3rd tier for teams from Wellington) for a place in the 2nd tier division Capital League First Division
(4th tier, with promotion to 3rd tier (Wellington))Southern:Mainland Premier League
(2nd tier, for Christchurch and upper South Island teams)Football South Premier League
(2nd tier, for Dunedin and lower South Island teams)
Obviously there are leagues below that but it starts to get quite complex to explain and in many cases here you get teams from small township and the reserve teams (3rds, 4ths etc) of the teams that have first XIs in divisions listed above.
Many of the players that play in the ASB Premiership during the summer months find a club in one of those regional clubs for winter.
The Chatham Cup
is the national knock-out competition and is played during the winter months (ASB Premiership teams are not eligible because they are franchises, not clubs). It's quite an old competition and MipoFanatic seems to be a fan, despite living in Canada. It can pit high school teams against teams like Central United
(that gets a good number of the Auckland City players during the winter months) and which contains some players with European experience. I think eujin played in the Chatham Cup. So it has its charms. Takapuna AFC
are closest to you, with North Shore United
also not too far away. Glenfield Rovers
, Forrest Hill Milford
are also in the vicinity. By coincidence, all those teams played at the 3rd level (Northern League First Division)
last season but since then Glenfield Rovers won promotion and Forrest Hill Milford were relegated.
Any questions, let me know. However, my guess is that this was more information than you ever wanted.