In recent months there was quite a fuss about changes to Daylight Savings in the US. I recall that both Apple and Microsoft had to release updates to sort out the changes for computers. Now New Zealand is following suit.
New Zealanders will have three weeks more daylight saving from 30 September this year …
Clocks will go forward an hour a week earlier than usual — on the last Sunday in September — and back an hour on the first Sunday in April, instead of the third Sunday in March. This is the first change in daylight saving since 1990.
“The Department of Internal Affairs will now work with computer companies and industries to update operating systems incorporating the time changes before the start of daylight saving,” Rick Barker said.
Daylight saving for 2007-08 will start at 2am on 30 September 2007 and end at 3am on 6 April 2008.
I’m glad to read that our government will also be working with computer companies about this. I love that my Macs just do the time change. I just wish that all my various bit of technology would too. It was only yesterday I wrote about forgetting to change the time on my camera.
And some interesting tidbits from the Internal Affairs web page about NZ time: apparently we adopted Greenwich Mean Time as a standard before the British did:
New Zealand was one of the first countries in the world to officially adopt a nationally observed standard time. New Zealand Mean Time, adopted on 2 November 1868, was set at 11 hours 30 minutes ahead of Greenwich Mean Time. Greenwich Mean Time was established by British Railways in the 1840s but was not made Great Britain’s standard time until 1880.
In 1941, due to emergency regulations in the Second World War, clocks were advanced half an hour in New Zealand. This advance was made permanent by the Standard Time Act 1945. The Act provided that New Zealand Standard Time was set 12 hours in advance of Greenwich Mean Time or Universal Time.
By the way, it’s a long while since I listened to it, but one of the (podcast) lectures from Astronomy 161 – Introduction to Solar System Astronomy, probably Lecture 10: Telling Time, revealed fascnating information about clocks and telling time, including the factoids that town clocks originally had only one hand, and that in early times an hour could be of different lengths. 1 While I haven’t finished listening yet to all the lectures from the course that one sure was a beauty!
1 Whew! That must be one of the longest sentences I’ve ever written, and it’s going to stay that way. Variety is the spice of life… 🙂