Paulthagerous: Went into the Lower Hutt store with my sister (as we both wanted one). Got a rain check, also told may be end of Jan. Had to pay whole amount upfront. Told me that they hope they get the same model, otherwise could cause them big headaches. Sign in front of escalator said "Sorry sold out", no mention of rain checks. You had to ask.
But at least I have a receipt now. So by the end of Jan should have it :)
I was told by their lower hutt store that I would be phoned next week. Their sales staff don't actually know until their suppliers open up. They are a very large Australian company and can source from both their NZ and Australian suppliers. I don't think it will cause them big headaches, becuase this model retails for $799, and their are other HP mini models that retail for about that.