NZST/NZDT: Over Dunne
Just a few days to go before daylight savings time and it has been hailing this morning in Auckland.
Sometimes you only know where the right place is after you've gone past it. This is the case with NZDT. It is a week too early. I've followed Homepaddock's campaign to put daylight savings back to the first week of October and concur with all her main points. And if it is a week too early for Auckland then it must be at least a fortnight too early for Otago.
The extra daylight hour in the evening is unusable because of the low temperatures and inclement weather. There is no added value in that. The hour of daylight lost in the morning is a real pain for the early commuters who are plunged back into darkness and is a negative value. So we have no added value in the evening and a loss of value in the morning. The right thing to do would be to take it into the first week of October.
I am comfortable with where the modern-day Maui moved the end of daylight savings - to the first week of April - but suggest that our Time Lord demi-God has got it a week wrong on the Spring side. This will be the fourth Spring under Dunne's early start and I agree with Homepaddock that there is now enough evidence and experience to say we should revert to where it was before (ex-1990) - the first Sunday in October.