Hamilton is only 178,000.. BUT there's potential there for growth - and would be great to have a big city within a few hours drive of Auckland. Thing is, the growth needs to be UP.. density, not sprawl.. otherwise we encroach on farmland, and screw up our food supply.Hmm how big is Hamilton again? That’s not a bad place for a nice sized city. New Plymouth as well.
If you ever got to that, you could have at least 3 maybe 4 NRL teams, particularly with that population