As for the national team issue, 2 of the girls I play with right now are on the U20 national team, and from what they have said and from what a few coaches I have talked to have said, basically if you are living in NZ and want to be on the women's national team, you need to be living up in Auckland. I live in Wellington, which is a good 7 or 8 hour drive from Auckland. Also, I would be unable to get and keep a job of any kind while trying to play soccer. I would love to be able to play, but logistically a lot of things make it very complicated. There's always a chance though that it will still work out, we'll have to wait and see!
Here's some pictures of my team from the final game this weekend !