(26 October, 2016)
All clocks and watches in the Kingdom are to be moved ahead one hour at 2am (to 3am) on Sunday the 6th of November 2016 and then turned back one hour at 3am (to 2am) on Sunday the 15th of January 2017. This was decided by Cabinet on Friday 21 October 2016 as a means of extending daylight hours in the evenings to allow for more time for economic and social activities. Daylight saving will mean that Tonga time will move to 14 hours ahead of Universal Time Coordinated (UTC+14hrs) during the period of daylight saving.
Daylight saving is not new to Tonga. It was introduced ahead of the new millennium in 1999 but was discontinued in 2002. Daylight saving is viable in the summer months when daylight hours are longer.
Tonga now joins its neighbors Fiji, Samoa and New Zealand who employ the same strategy.
The Ministry of MEIDECC invites members of the public who have any enquires with regard to this decision of Government to introduce daylight saving to contact the Meteorology Department of MEIDECC at 8777750.
For further information please contact the Meteorology Division on 8777750 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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