NEW ZEALAND — Australia, New Zealand and New Zealand announced Wednesday the time zones of 2018, and will have the ability to switch them.
Both countries will also have time zones on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, the three-day period that begins Dec. 15.
Australia will have its time zone shifted to the north, starting at 5:00 a.m.
New Zealand will have time zone shifts on Tuesday and Thursday, the first of which will begin at 3:00 p.m., according to a news release from the two nations.
In the wake of a major earthquake in March 2016 that killed nearly 1,200 people in New Zealand and injured thousands, Australia moved the time zone to the west in the hopes of reducing the amount of time it takes for people to return home.
The move was one of several that have been announced as part of the country’s plan to transition away from the Pacific Time System, which is used in much of the Pacific region.
The country’s clocks also change the time in Australia, with the clock starting at 1:00:00 Pacific time (3:00 GMT) on Monday.
“We are proud to be one of the first countries in the world to have two time zones and now to be able to have time-shifts in both New Zealand’s capital city and on both the west coast,” said the Australian Prime Minister, Bill Shorten.
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