As discussed, it would be good to see a second NZ team in the league. I personally don't know whether a so-called lower-north, or a South Island team would be better, but hopefully someone with a better understanding of NZ can answer that
Auckland can call themselves whatever they want. Everyone knows they are an Auckland team, and that's how I will continue to think of them.
One thing that concerns me is the talk of moving the home games around. That will make it difficult to sell memberships, and also sounds like they will be playing in small third rate Venues.
The ONE hope for Wellington is that it's the nation's capital, so they can mount political pressure for the government to build a decent multi-purpose venue. The problem is that if they are roaming the countryside, playing in front of 1,000 people, its hard to mount a case.