Of course they are. All the top NZ based players were contracted away months ago.
In saying that, it's okay for them to sign nobodies. That's kind of the point of Pasifika Moana. And hopefully very quickly these nobodies become household names. There are loads of good players based in Samoa and Tonga who for a range of reasons didn't get signed by an overseas club, who will be good at this level if given a chance.