jayaldous: Turns out HN Wellington do have them in stock. Maybe I missed out on a phone call because of the Telecom XT outage.
They have a couple of specials on offer, neoprene (i think) covers and Norton AV for 1/2 price.
CYaBro: Just had the call from Whangarei HN :)
Will go down there and ask for my HP netbook and then see what they say when they have to give me an Asus.
Will be interesting to see if they try and upsell on accessories.
Damager: I received an email from HN Hamilton that the raincheck laptops are now ready for pickup. Probably grab mine in the weekend.
Thanks Psilan. I think I'm right in saying this model does have the "seashell" case design? If yes, it will match the HP in terms of dimensions very closely.
Also, can anyone comment on whether it will run off the mains without the battery installed?