The Dominion Post
Kiwis gripped by ‘fandemonium’
It seems Kiwis have all become fans of, well, fans as the country does everything it can to beat the summer heat.
The Warehouse, Briscoes and Bunnings Warehouse are all struggling to keep pace with consumer demand after weeks of searing temperatures.
Kmart’s website also shows several models as being out of stock, while Trade Me’s fan auctions on Monday were up 300 per cent on the same day last week.
Temperatures hit 31.5 degrees Celsius in Lower Hutt on Monday – the second-hottest temperature in the country, eclipsed only by 32C in Gore. Wellington hit a high of 28C on Monday, and 27C yesterday.
The Warehouse in Wellington’s Tory St sold out of fans on Monday night, but general merchandise manager Jenny Epke assured heatweary residents that fans were still available.
‘‘While there is some stock of fans available in the Wellington region, we’d recommend getting in quick.’’
Finding a fan was a must for Heritage New Zealand staff, who were struggling to stay cool without air-conditioning in the Alan Burns Insurances House offices in central Wellington.
‘‘It had been a fan-damental problem of ours,’’ publications manager Lesley Brice said.
They managed to snap up six fans at Mitre 10 in Crofton Downs after they heard Bunnings Warehouse in Lyall Bay had sold two pallet-loads a day earlier.
But if the fans failed to cool down the team, Brice had another trick up her sleeve.
‘‘Point the fan at the window, that way the fan cools the wind as it comes in. It sounds completely counter-intuitive but it actually works.’’
Briscoe Group managing director Rod Duke said despite ordering up a storm from suppliers, his chain of stores still didn’t have enough fans.
‘‘We bought double what we sold last year and we’ve still just got handfuls left now. Honestly, this season has been double what it was last year.’’
Bunnings Warehouse’s general manager for New Zealand, Jacqui Coombes, reported similar issues.
Trade Me spokeswoman Millie Silvester said the auction website typically saw about 600 searches a day for fans in summer.
But there were more than 1800 searches for fans on Sunday and another 2500 searches on Monday.