According to Consumer NZ, all major DIY stores have agreed to stop selling ionisation smoke alarms following the consumer watchdog's call for retailers to pull them from their shelves.
Agreeing with Fire Emergency NZ which recommends long-life photoelectric type smoke alarms, whilst emphatically better than no smoke alarm at all, Consumer NZ says ionisation smoke alarms have been found to give much less warning of smouldering fires than photoelectric products.
According to Consumer NZ, Mitre 10 and Hammer Hardware will stop selling ionisation smoke alarms immediately, PlaceMakers will “exit the balance" of its ionisation alarms and Bunnings says it will sell through its ionisation smoke alarm stock and no longer sell that product.
Looking around, it seems appliance retailers are well in advance of the hardware channel.
For its part, Fire Emergency NZ offers the following advice: