Cake Tin sells out in seconds

Date published: July 1 2015

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All 36,000 seats at Wellington's Westpac Stadium will be filled in Saturday's Super Rugby Final between the Hurricanes and Highlanders.

1,700 additional temporary seats were added to the stadium on Wednesday after the first tranche of 29,000 tickets for the first all-New Zealand title-decider since 2006 sold out in 59 seconds on Monday.

The remaining 7,000 tickets were snapped up on Wednesday after some supporters queued for up to 15 hours in chilly conditions in the hope of securing a ticket.

Organisers have struggled to cope with demand for tickets for the clash that will see a first-time champion crowned. 

"Due to significant demand this morning, all tickets are now currently sold or allocated," Ticketek New Zealand tweeted shortly after the ticket booths opened.

But there were widespread complaints that some tickets bought online earlier in the week were being sold at well above their face value.

Some scalpers were selling NZ$35 tickets selling at more NZ$150.

Hurricanes CEO James Te Puni has described the scalpers' prices as "crazy" and warned that tickets not bought through official channels could be cancelled.

But Consumer Affairs Minister Paul Goldsmith ruled out government intervention, saying supply and demand was setting the ticket prices.

"We've got simple rules in place around fair trading… but it's a free market," he told reporters.

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