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Daylight saving

Daylight saving ends when clocks go back by 1 hour at 3am on 4 April 2021.

The clocks go back one hour.

Future dates

Daylight saving starts each year at 2am on the last Sunday in September, and ends at 3am on the first Sunday in April.

Daylight saving starts Daylight saving ends
26 September 2021 3 April 2022
25 September 2022 2 April 2023
24 September 2023 7 April 2024

During the daylight saving months we are on ‘New Zealand daylight time’, which is 1 hour ahead of New Zealand standard time.

These dates and the time of the change are heavily publicised in the lead up to the change through television and radio advertisements, local council websites and national newspapers.

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Governing legislation

Our timezone, the daylight saving dates and the rules around what happens if you are working when the clocks change are governed by 2 pieces of legislation.

History of daylight saving in NZ

New Zealand first introduced daylight saving time in 1927. The current times have been fixed since 2007.

Public attitudes to daylight saving

The 2008 survey found that 82% of New Zealanders approved of the 2007 extension to the period of daylight saving time.

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