Daylight saving starts when clocks go forward by 1 hour at 2am on 27 September 2020.
Daylight saving starts each year at 2am on the last Sunday in September, and ends at 3am on the first Sunday in April.
|Year||Daylight saving starts||Daylight saving ends|
|2021||26 September||4 April|
|2022||25 September||3 April|
|2023||24 September||2 April|
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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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.
New Zealand first introduced daylight saving time in 1927. The current times have been fixed since 2007.
The 2008 survey found that 82% of New Zealanders approved of the 2007 extension to the period of daylight saving time.