Daylight saving to be extended three weeks
4:50PM Monday April 30, 2007


Daylight saving will start on September 30. Photo / The Aucklander

New Zealanders will soon be able to enjoy more summer days.

The Government has decided to extend daylight saving another three weeks, to a 27-week period.

Clocks will go forward an hour a week earlier than usual -- on the last Sunday in September -- and will go back an hour on the first Sunday of April, instead of the third Sunday in March.

Cabinet's move follows a petition, launched by United Future leader Peter Dunne and Nelson city councillor Mark Holmes, calling for an extension to daylight saving. That petition was signed by around 42,000 people.

Internal Affairs Minister Rick Barker said he had received correspondence from many people supporting an extension.

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