Time to wind back the clocks

KELLY DENNETT
Last updated 19:51 05/04/2014
Daylight saving
Reuters

THAT TIME AGAIN: Daylight saving officially ends at 3am on Sunday.

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Daylight saving is coming to an end.
 
In keeping with the dictum ''spring forward, fall back", New Zealanders should turn their clocks back an hour before bed tonight.

Daylight saving officially ends at 3am Sunday morning when it becomes 2am.
 
With the extra hour in the weekend, people are advised to check key items in their house including batteries in smoke alarms, electric blankets, heaters and electric cords.
 
To coincide with the change, Christchurch's tsunami warning system siren will sound at 11am for one to two minutes.
 
Civil Defence also suggests it's a good time for families to get their emergency evacuation plans in place.
 
Daylight savings is the brainchild of New Zealand entomologist George Vernon Hudson who first presented the idea to the Wellington Philosophical Society in 1895.
 
Initially, the idea was met with ridicule but it was eventually trialled - successfully - in 1927.

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