Ki­wis gripped by ‘fan­de­mo­nium’

The Dominion Post - - News - KATA­RINA WIL­LIAMS

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.

PHOTO: MONIQUE FORD/STUFF

It took only six fans to cool down Her­itage NZ’s Wellington of­fice, much to the de­light of pub­li­ca­tions man­ager Les­ley Brice.

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