It’s Daylight Savings this weekend

Don't forget to put your clocks forward.

Summer barbecues, here we come! Whether you’re ready for it or not, Daylight Savings is back and we’ll all be putting our clocks forward on Saturday night by one hour.

New Zealand DST (Daylight Saving Time) officially begins at 2am on Sunday September 24th – the last Sunday in September. And it will officially end at 3am on the first Sunday in April.

If you, like us, forget every year which way to reset your clocks, the easiest way to remember is: Spring forward, Fall back.

If you’re interested in a little history, the idea of Daylight Saving was first conceived by Benjamin Franklin in 1784 and it’s been practised in New Zealand since 1927.

When Daylight Saving was introduced, it was for economic reasons – saving power by not having to light homes – but these days it’s more to do with our R&R time. More light in the evenings means more barbecues and backyard cricket.

In 2007 Daylight Saving Time was extended by three weeks to its current dates.

And now many Kiwis are pushing to extend it by another month.

Happy summer, everyone!

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