Re: Learning to love the "Almost real things"..
Well Auckland looks more subtropical then warm temperate to me! A warm temperate climate would be for example that of Rome or Wilmington in North Carolina. There you could not grow these palms.
Agreed, this picture "LOOKS" subtropical! But it's not. It's at latitude 38S, in an area that very rarely hits 30C, and can get some light frost in winter. Mean annual air temperature around 16C, similar to both Rome and Wilmington. The difference is Auckland has consistent rain all year around (unlike Rome), and mild temperatures year around (unlike Wilmington).
Palms in the second picture are Ceroxylon quindiuense, Euterpe edulis, Chamaedorea linearis in foreground, and probably Hedyscepe or Laccospadix in background (cant remember exactly), all coolish climate adapted palms.