I am Sure I heard somebody mention “User experience group Auckland”. The group have events/ meet ups running every month, yet they look to have hit a quiet patch at the moment. This may be worth coming to back to look for any relevant activity.
This may be a good way to get involved in local UX design community. It is a way to reach out, network and there is the possibly to consult with some experts for ideas, feedback, knowledge etc.
The User Experience Auckland Group: http://www.meetup.com/User-Experience-Auckland/