I first got into FX trading by opening an account with CMC Markets, a subsidiary of the UK firm. They were an early player in the online FX market and there platform has won numerous awards.
I opened an account with $1000.00 and they have really great networking/presentations/training (courses and internet). Its good to have real people there and a withdrawl is $1.50, relatively cheap to the overseas based platforms (OANDA is about $50AUD from memory).
However I stopped using them as they have the minimum 1 mini-lot, so each trade was min of US$10,000, using 1% margin, thats 10% of my equity on each trade. Too high for me and not a good option for training. Their demo account only lasts for 2 weeks and you need to download and install a new platform (1 each for demo and live account).
I currently use OANDA with an Aussie denomination and enjoy this platform. I have not looked into Latitude FX or other NZ FX platforms - but am keen to follow this thread and hear/learn more