DAYLIGHT SAVING TO DISCONTINUE

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TONGA GOVERNMENT MEDIA STATEMENT Nuku‘alofa, Tonga

News Release October 18, 2002

Government has approved earlier this week to discontinue the Daylight Saving for the Kingdom of Tonga.

Daylight Saving which started in 1999 – 2000 was originally set from the first Sunday of October to the last Sunday of March. This moved Tonga’s standard time 14 hrs ahead of the Greenwich Mean Time, making Tonga the first country to see the sunrise. However this was found to be rather too long thus reducing the Daylight Saving Time to the first Sunday of November to last Sunday of January in the year 2000/ 2001.

While this Daylight Saving assisted some areas of the community, such as the business sector, it was very difficult for the school children, especially those in Primary Schools.

Frequent complaints regarding the inconvenience of Daylight Saving in terms of social and cultural practices has prompted the His Majesty’s Government to discontinue the practice of Daylight Saving.

For more information please contact:

Government Information Unit Prime Ministers Office Nuku’alofa, TONGA Tel: (676) 23 888 Fax: (676) 24 644 Email: pmomail@pmo.gov.to  or kmatoto@pmo.gov.to  Website: www.pmo.gov.to 

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