Marmite lovers in New Zealand are facing the serious threat of a national shortage of their favourite yeast extract spread.Production at the Christchurch factory that makes the Kiwi version of the iconic British toast-topper was suspended after damage sustained in last year’s earthquake. Now supermarkets are reporting that they are running out of Marmite and remaining stocks will be gone within weeks.The country’s government is said to be considering announcing a state of emergency as it faces a doomsday scenario, amid unsubstantiated reports of looting and widespread disorder in the country’s North Island, where the price of Marmite has risen by 400% in the last month. “It’s a sticky situation” said one resident, who preferred not to be named for fears of reprisals from criminal gangs who are stockpiling contraband jars.The factory, the only source of Marmite for New Zealand, is not expected to re-commence production until July, said Pierre van Heerden, general manager for manufacturer Sanitarium. He urged Marmite addicts to spread their spread a little thinner to see them through, also advising the use of toast rather than bread, as the warmth makes it go a little further. UK production of Marmite remains unaffected.10ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedNew Zealand named most popular long-haul destinationNew Zealand named most popular long-haul destinationFlights to Mexico expected to be in demand from BritainFlights to Mexico expected to be in demand from BritainMega tours: plan a globe-spanning trip of the world’s greatest sights with Air New ZealandPlan some truly epic globe-spanning tours of amazing beaches, world-famous wine regions and iconic movie locations with Air New Zealand.