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New Zealand Daylight Saving Changes

2008 Daylight Saving Changes

Updated 29th September 2008

This site contains an overview of current daylight saving changes for New Zealand, with links to detailed information and product update schedules for each confirmed change.

NZ Daylight Saving ends on April 6th 2008, and begins again on 28th September 2008:

Due to law changes introduced in 2007, this year daylight saving ends later at 3am on April 6th 2008, and begins earlier at 2am on Sunday 28th September 2008. For more information on the Microsoft products affected, patches that need to be applied, guidance and other resources, please refer to the information that best suits you:


If you have any questions about the updates you can contact Microsoft as follows:


Important Considerations:

  • The definition of the New Zealand time zone differs between Windows Vista and down-level Windows OSes (such as Windows XP). Windows Vista has the ability to automatically switch timezones, while other Windows OSes require a patch to enforce the new timezone. Please click here for more information.
  • A New Zealand Daylight Savings Changes Guidance Document can be found here.
  • To find copies of the recent Daylight Savings presentations please click here.
  • The New Zealand daylight savings blog is constantly being updated with information as it comes to hand. Please ensure you are keeping your eyes on it.


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Time Zone Changes

In April 2007 the New Zealand Government announced an update to the Time Act of 1974. This update changes the dates of both the start and end of daylight saving time (DST). When this law goes into effect in 2007, daylight savings time will start one week earlier (2:00 A.M. on the 30th September 2007) and will end two weeks later (3:00 A.M. on 6th April 2008) than past years.