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109999.  Tue Oct 31, 2006 3:11 pm Reply with quote

Thanks for that info suze - that saves me having to look it up today as I had intended.

110177.  Tue Oct 31, 2006 6:41 pm Reply with quote

Very interesting stuff, as usual.


110370.  Wed Nov 01, 2006 4:59 am Reply with quote


I always wondered why the 'pucker-and-blow' consonant never made it through as a letter, but it seems 'wh' covers it nicely.

156652.  Wed Mar 14, 2007 8:18 pm Reply with quote

A Timely Reminder....

Advanced warning to you all that New Zealand Daylight Saving Time (ie Summer-time) finishes this coming weekend, and everyone who currently has their QI times set at "GMT + 13 Hours" will need to change their settings to "GMT + 12 Hours" at 03:00 on Sun 18th March.

Of course this means that you will not be allowed to drink too much on St Paddy's day so that you are in a fit state to do so !!!

There is a petition before the NZ Parliament at the moment to extend our "Daylight Saving Time" by a further three weeks from next year...

156722.  Thu Mar 15, 2007 6:06 am Reply with quote

There is a petition before the NZ Parliament at the moment to extend our "Daylight Saving Time" by a further three weeks from next year...

Is the summer being extended because of global warming, then?



156790.  Thu Mar 15, 2007 9:31 am Reply with quote

Our time here in the US 'sprang' forwards an hour last weekend - about three weeks earlier than it has done before, I think.

156791.  Thu Mar 15, 2007 9:42 am Reply with quote

Why did they change it Jenny?

156805.  Thu Mar 15, 2007 10:29 am Reply with quote

According to

To improve energy conservation, the Energy Policy Act of 2005, Pub. L. no. 109-58, 119 Stat 594 (2005) changed the start and end dates of Daylight Time. Starting in 2007, Daylight Time begins on the second Sunday in March and ends on the first Sunday in November.

165518.  Thu Apr 12, 2007 9:44 pm Reply with quote

Tas wrote:
There is a petition before the NZ Parliament at the moment to extend our "Daylight Saving Time" by a further three weeks from next year...

Is the summer being extended because of global warming, then?



No - it is because space is getting colder....

171037.  Mon Apr 30, 2007 5:38 pm Reply with quote

Who says that petitoning parliament never works???

The New Zealand Government has announced a three-week extension to daylight saving, to begin this year.

Daylight saving will begin one week earlier in September and finish two weeks later next April.

The decision follows a petition to Parliament that was promoted by Nelson city councillor Mark Holmes and United Future leader Peter Dunne.

Mr Holmes says the change will benefit the majority of people who work a nine-to-five day. He says daylight saving could be extended even further, as it is in Russia and Canada.

Internal Affairs Minister Rick Barker says there was widespread support for the three-week extension, including from Federated Farmers.

However, Federated Farmers says dairy farmers would like to see hard data on any benefits from the planned changes to daylight saving. Spokesperson Frank Brenmuhl says the changes have been imposed without any debate.

Mr Barker says the Department of Internal Affairs will work with computer companies and industries to update operating systems with the time changes.
(Radio NZ News)

Today’s decision on daylight saving will extend New Zealand’s peak tourism season and boost visitor spending, Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) Chief Executive Fiona Luhrs says.

“The weather in late summer is usually warm and settled. But to many people, the end of daylight saving means the end of summer,” Ms Luhrs says.

“Extending daylight saving will encourage visitors to keep enjoying New Zealand’s fantastic outdoor attractions and activities for longer into the evenings. The more daylight time they have, the better.”

Earlier surveys of TIA Members have indicated the majority are in favour of extending daylight saving.

“This will bring New Zealand more into line with comparable international destinations like Australia, Britain and western Europe. It also has the advantage of decreasing New Zealand’s energy use by encouraging people to make the most of the daylight hours in the evenings.”

And this is how the Australians reported it...(ABC Online)

New Zealanders are to get an extra three weeks of daylight saving from next spring after a concerted campaign by retailers, tourism and hospitality operators.

In a country that cops more than its fair share of cold, wet weather, every little bit of daylight - let alone sunshine - is savoured.

It is more than 30 years since daylight saving was first introduced - and these latest changes extend it to 27 weeks, beginning at the end of September and running until the first Sunday in April.

About 50,000 people recently signed a petition backing the move, and perhaps for the first time, there is even support among diehard opponents such as dairy farmers.

Internal Affairs Minister Rick Barker says apart from more leisure time, there could be some other positive spin-offs for the economy in terms of energy savings.

As for more sunshine, he says that is not his department

171684.  Wed May 02, 2007 11:51 pm Reply with quote

I think the really interesting thing (apart from the 'have a go at kiwis' attitude of the ABC) is that New Zealand has one really wet summer and the Australians are all rubbing it in - yet at the same time they are suffering from major water shortages everywhere. The news this morning mentioned how the water reserves for Melbourne have fallen below 30% for the first time.

Maybe we should at looking at exporting some of our rain.... then again with the high rate of the $NZ at the moment exporting is not as profitable as it used to be...

173292.  Thu May 10, 2007 8:44 am Reply with quote

wasn't New Zealand the first country to give women the vote and the first one to let the bank set the interest rates?

173305.  Thu May 10, 2007 9:28 am Reply with quote

On the voting issue, sort of.

As once noted by smiley_face (post 161373), women have been able to vote in the Pitcairn Islands since 1838, and could so in New Jersey between 1776 and 1807 on account of the state's constitution using the word "people" instead of "men" by mistake.

But yes, New Zealand was the first proper sized country to give woman a right to vote which has not since been rescinded.

Anyone know enough about economics to confirm or refute darth's other suggestion?

173307.  Thu May 10, 2007 9:33 am Reply with quote

"first proper sized country"???

Is there a size guideline imposed by the world's governments or something?

"Sorry, sir. You can be admitted, as your country is too small, and has too many bendy bits. It does not conform to EU Law 145, subparagraph 14, clause 2a."



173308.  Thu May 10, 2007 9:36 am Reply with quote

Almost certainly. But in any case, Pitcairn isn't really a country at all, properly sized, excessively bendy or otherwise. It's a British Overseas Territory (or colony, in old money).


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