Sunrise, sunset

The sun rose here at about 6.30 this morning and it will set at about 6.30 this evening.

If you’re in East Cape sunrise and sunset are about half an hour earlier. If you’re in Bluff they’re about quarter of an hour later.

In the normal course of events next week sunrise in Bluff would be at 6.23am  and sunset at 6.52pm. In East Cape sunrise would be 5.45am and sunset 6.08pm. But wherever you are in New Zealand, next Sunday clocks will have gone forward which will make sunrise and sunset an hour later than it ought to be.

The benefits of daylight saving compensate for the disadvantages in the middle of summer when temperatures are warmer and days are longer anyway. But extending daylight saving so it lasts from the last weekend in September until the first Sunday in April is giving us so much of a good thing it becomes a bad thing.

Putting the clock forward this early makes it darker and colder for longer in the morning without giving enough extra heat and light in the evening to make much difference. People, especially those in primary production, who have to start work early are disadvantaged without there being enough gain for those who want to play in the evenings to compensate.

LINZ has sunrise and sunset times for Auckland, Bluff, Dunedin, East Cape, Gisborne and Lyttelton.

The Royal Astronomical Society has sunrise and sunset times for Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin.

Grump warning: this is the first of what may be several annual complaints about the length of the period in which daylight saving time applies.

9 Responses to Sunrise, sunset

  1. pmofnz says:

    And I believe that on top of the bi-annual one hour shift in NZDST, there is an underlying 30 minutes hidden daylight saving that has been there since WWII.

    Apparently this does not show up until you use celestial objects and a sextant for navigation.


  2. Deborah says:

    People, especially those in primary production, who have to start work early are disadvantaged without there being enough gain for those who want to play in the evenings to compensate.

    How are they disadvantaged? I’ve never been able to get an answer to this that isn’t just a variation on curtains fading more during daylight saving time.


  3. homepaddock says:

    It’s darker and colder for longer when you’re getting up and starting work.


  4. Anonymouse says:

    It’s just more fucking leftism – designed to suit wellington bureaucrats so that they can spend MORE OF MY TAXES drinking expensive coffees later into the evening RATHER THAN ACTUALLY WORK

    We should just stop daylight saving NOW.

    And move any productive part of the bureaucracy our of wellington – but that’s another matter…


  5. Stuart says:

    As I read this I thought this is a hardy annual for Homepaddock as you were very good at pointing out the sun rise time on DLST and at the time of the shortest day. Then I read the Grump Warning at least you are true to your cause even if it is like North Harbour Rugby a losing one with the occasional bright spot.( and I am true to my cause Harbour Rugby)


  6. Ed Snack says:

    HP, just start and finish and hour later, and get those you interact with to do the same. It is in fact the “curtains fading”. If you milk, get everyone to get the pickup and hour later. It has worked in other places, why not organize it ? Be a little lateral in your thinking.

    That said, I think Daylight saving does start too early and does finish too late.


  7. homepaddock says:

    Ed – much as I’d like to 🙂 I can’t expect everyone I interact with to live life an hour behind the clocks for a month.

    Complaints about the extended period of daylight saving aren’t like the curtains fading myth, they’re based on facts.

    It’s light before 6am now, next week it will be dark until nearly 7 and the hour of daylight gained at the other end of the day will be over most people’s dinner time so it’s not going to make much difference.

    If the start of daylight saving is delayed by a month we’d have about 14 hours between sunrise and sunset instead of the 12 we get now. That would mean early risers would have morning light and there’d be more time to play after dinner in the evening.


  8. poneke says:

    Come on, you know the horrible Liabor dolts are responsible for this. YOU are the government now. Govern. Abolish daylight saving if you’re that cantankerous about it.


  9. homepaddock says:

    Poneke – Peter Dunne was responsible for extending daylight saving.


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