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Summer is on its way with the start of daylight savings.

Daylight saving time started at 2 am on Saturday 26th Sept, with all clocks getting set forward an hour.

What is daylight saving time?

It’s that time of year when the clocks change, but why does this happen?

Daylight saving time was first introduced in New Zealand in 1927. The main reason is to provide people with an additional hour to enjoy the outdoors in the evenings.

Changing clocks also acts as a reminder for people to test the smoke alarms in their homes.

The small tourist town of Te Anau has decided to move into daylight saving forever.

This Saturday night, when the country moves into daylight saving time, Te Anau will be there for good.

The Fiordland town has a population of just 2760.

The town say the new time zone will give visitors an extra hour to see their sights and attractions – especially the Milford and Doubtful Sounds.

New Zealand first introduced daylight saving time in 1927. However, the modern era began in 1974/75 when a trial of putting time forward in summer was made permanent.

The rationale for changing the time over the summer months is so early morning sunlight hours are not wasted and the evenings are longer and more useful.

A 2008 survey found that 82% of Kiwis now approved of daylight saving.

Shot Bro is the name of New Zealand’s first vaccination buses.

The buses are now traveling around Auckland, vaccinating as many people as possible.

Late last week a shopping centre in Pukekohe South and supermarkets in West Auckland were some of the first places to get the vaccination buses.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern thought the name Shot Bro wasn’t bad, after it was selected by 29,000 people voting on her Facebook post.

Australia has been running these Mr Whippy-style buses to help vaccinate more people. However, they have named their version: “Jabba the Bus”.

Dozens of other names were put forward. Some of the more funny ones were Chariots of Pfizer, Covid Cadillac, and Mr Pricky, and Vaxi Taxi.

Undies and clothing are being flushed down the toilet in Tasman, causing widespread blockages to the sewer.

The Tasman District Council knows the area the garments are coming from but cannot pinpoint the exact property. The incident is happening in the small coastal settlement of Māpua.

Since the beginning of August, there have been eight pump blockages caused by t-shirts, singlets, and underpants.

It is a problem that has occurred several times in Māpua over the last few years.

The blockages are disruptive and take several hours to clear. It is also costly as the pumps must be craned out, pulled apart, cleaned, reassembled, and reinstalled.

Māori Party co-leaders Rawiri Waititi and Debbie Ngarewa-Packer have announced they are launching a petition to change New Zealand’s name to Aotearoa.

Furthermore, they would like te Reo Māori names for all towns, cities, and places by 2026.

Waititi said that “Article 3 of Te Tiriti o Waitangi promises Tangata whenua the same rights as British citizens, that te reo Māori me ōna tikanga katoa be treated and valued exactly the same as the English language – ko te mana ōrite tērā.”

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern would not commit to supporting the petition. However, she said place names could continue to be used interchangeably as te reo Māori is an official language.

Ardern said that “Te reo Māori’s an official language and so we use those names interchangeably and I think we should continue to do so.”

The New Zealand pop star sensation Lorde has released a mini-album of tracks in Māori.

The New Zealand singer re-recorded five tracks from her Solar Power album in te reo Māori.

The small album is called Te Ao Mārama, meaning “world of light”.

The 24-year-old singer consulted a wide a range of people – including Māori elders – on the project. That included consideration of the view held by some that te reo Māori should be spoken only by Māori.

Lorde, who doesn’t speak the language, worked with translators to record the album, which has a focus on the wonders of the natural world. Māori singer Hinewehi Mohi was among those involved in the project.

The proceeds of the sales of the album will go to two New Zealand charities, Forest & Bird and Te Hua Kawariki Charitable Trust.

New Zealand has made a deal with Denmark and Spain for the purchase of doses of Pfizer Covid-19 vaccines.

Denmark will provide 500,000 additional vaccines and Spain will provide almost 250,000 doses.

New Zealand will receive a total of 1.8 million doses from Pfizer throughout the month of September.

This is important as demand for Covid-19 vaccines has soared and prior to this deal the next shipment of vaccines was going to arrive in October.

Currently, New Zealand is completing around 70,000 vaccinations each day.

Welcome to Māori Language Week or Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori 2021.

Like last year Covid-19 restrictions will limit a lot of the events that would usually happen during this week.

However, one of the main activities we can all take part in is a special event at 12pm on Tuesday 14 September. The plan is to create a world record for people speaking and celebrating an endangered, Indigenous language at the same time.

At 12pm, all of New Zealand will be encouraged to stop and take a moment for te Reo Māori. Your moment can be as simple or as hard as you want it to be. You can do it on your own, or with your flatmates, workmates or whānau! Sing a song, get everyone together to learn their mihi using our video, or even use Māori sign-offs in the office for the day. Whatever you do, it counts.

For more information about events and great resources please check out this website – Te Rangaihi Reo Māori | Māori Language Movement (reomaori.co.nz)