Late-night revellers can count on an extra hour out with friends tonight as the country reverts to New Zealand Standard time for the coming winter months.
Blenheim bar owner-manager Warren Croft says his hotel, Fairweathers, is one of four in town which operates into the small hours on Friday and Saturday nights.
He usually closes at 3am but when that time arrives tomorrow, staff will turn the clocks back to 2am and pour drinks for another hour.
‘‘Yes, it’s an extra hour’s trading,’’ Warren says. ‘‘But it makes up for the hour we lost at the start of summer.’’
Asked if staff are paid for their extra hour’s work, he says, ‘‘Of course.’’ And most won’t mind staying on for another 60 minutes.
‘‘It’s often a social thing for them. They do their socialising at work while getting paid.
‘‘That’s what the hospitality industry is all about,’’ he adds.
Warren won’t be staying up to enjoy an extra hour socialising with punters in the bar.
He’ll be home in bed, resting up for his 7am Sunday work start. Still, tomorrow that will be (today’s) 8am, giving him the chance of a little lie-in.
Asked if drinking habits alter as the seasons change, he says more people stay at home for a while as the temperatures start to drop.
‘‘Then once they get used to the cold [business] kicks off again.’’
The winter months bring more evening diners, he says, and older customers arrive earlier and go home sooner during the shorter days.
Younger people’s habits don’t change, though, Warren says. They arrive at the pub for a good night out year-round.
Redwoodtown jewellerwatchmaker Philip Gibbison doesn’t notice much difference between his customers’ habits from one season to another but some people pop in with watches that cannot be moved forward or back when daylight saving starts and finishes.
Dust can get into digital watches to clog up the electronic commands, he says. Given a good internal clean, however, everything will usually work again.
Philip is relaxed about another season’s daylight saving ending but says he wouldn’t have wanted it to go on any longer.
‘‘And with the summer we’ve had, we shouldn’t have had daylight saving, almost,’’ he says.
The New Zealand Fire Service suggests people use daylight saving and the need to turn clocks back as a good reminder to check that their smoke alarms are still working.
Fire Service communications manager Scott Sargentina advises householders to add ‘‘alarm-check’’ to their list of things to do when they turn their clocks back.
‘‘In 80 per cent of the house fires we attend, smoke alarms are either not installed or not working’’ Scott says.
Fifteen New Zealanders lost their lives last year as a result of fire and a further 180 suffered serious injuries.
A smoke alarm is an early warning device, allowing those few crucial minutes to get out of a house in the case of a fire.
Redwoodtown watchmaker Philip Gibbison will join other New Zealanders and turn clocks back an hour tomorrow for a Sunday morning lie-in.