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“Kiwi” Daylight Saving Time kicks off overnight

There is no 2:00 am tomorrow.  After 1:59:59 am it becomes 3:00:00 am as we return to Daylight Saving Time.

Now, what makes this “Kiwi” Daylight Saving Time is not just the fact that Kiwis are making the switch.  It’s also because Daylight Saving Time is truly Kiwi.

The idea for DST began right here.

George Hudson, an English astronomer, presented a paper to the Wellington Philosophical Society in 1895 proposing a two-hour daylight-saving shift.  Besides being an astronomer, Hudson was also an entomologist.  Hudson was hoping for some extra daylight after work so he could add to his insect collection.

Hudson’s proposal was not well received.

But in 1909, the Honourable Sir Thomas Kay Sidey began making an annual attempt at forwarding a Bill shifting the clocks ahead one hour starting September and running to the following March.

But in 1916 Germany, not New Zealand, became the first country to adopt Daylight Saving Time.

Back here in New Zealand, The Summer Time Act was eventually adopted in 1927, shifting clocks ahead one hour on the first Sunday in November and shifting them back the first Sunday in March.  It proved very unpopular.  In fact, the time change would be revised just one year later, revising the shift to a half-hour instead of an hour.

It would be revised again in 1933, 1941, 1945, 1974, 1975, 1988, 1990 and 2007.

Modern Daylight Saving Time begins on the last Sunday in September and ends on the first Sunday in April.

By Analyst Howard Joseph

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Alok on 4/10/2013 9:03am

Its fabulous!! It adds an extra hour of sun to your day in summer & you wake up later in winter when it otherwise it would be much darker. I’ve got a cousin in Aus who complained to me that when he leaves for work each morning its dark & when he gets back home its dark. He said you Kiwis are lucky you have daylight savings since you enjoy more hours of sun than we do during the working week

Catladynz (Carol) on 29/09/2012 2:21am

I dread it being for so long – it exhausts me, period … :(…
It is NOT normal nature’s time!

~ When told the reason for Daylight Savings Time, the old Indian said: “Only the Government would believe that you could cut a foot [12″] off the top of a blanket, sew it to the bottom, and have a longer blanket.” LOL and AMen…

sw on 29/09/2012 1:48am

A little early,labour weekend till easter or anzac,weathers not up to the mark yet.

Marise on 28/09/2012 11:29pm

hate daylight savings, and do not see why I have to conform to this inconvience of time. But this year I am not going to adjust my clock as I dont have kids at school anymore or work, I dont have to conform, this is going to interesting to say the least. I will think of you all as I dont have to change my sleeping pattern, I am going to just cruise on NORMAL time.

Zelda Wynn on 29/09/2012 1:10am

Agree with Marise, unfortunately have to adjust clocks to keep appointments.
Everyone, don’t forget to alter camera clock too.

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