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NZBC Network News - Daylight Saving Announcement

Television (Excerpts) – 1974

Summertime daylight saving was reintroduced in New Zealand on a trial basis in 1974, for the first time since 1941. In this NZBC clip newsreader Bill Toft announces that clocks will be put forward one hour on 3 November. Despite concerns — dairy farmers fretting about having to rise in the dark all year; worries about effects on young body clocks, chooks' egg-laying and carpet fade —  the change became permanent in 1975. Citing benefits to recreation and tourism, the Government has since extended the daylight saving period twice, lastly in 2007.

The Government has decided that clocks will be put forward one hour, from November 3rd to February 23rd. The Government says the trial will provide the opportunity to see what effect daylight saving has on motor accidents, crime, and on power saving.
– Newsreader Bill Toft

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