It’s a bleak rainy grey day in Greerton but that doesn’t stop Darren Skelsey from offering a beaming grin while holding out a tattooed hand.
The 51-year-old is used to the elements – he’s spent countless years braving them while living on Tauranga’s streets.
But all of that has changed.
It was 24 hours of retail madness that saw $69.7 million pass through New Zealand’s tills on Black Friday.
For context, that’s $1.5 million more than the crazy Boxing Day sales last year, 10 per cent more than Black Friday in 2017, and just about $15 for every man, woman and child in the country.