Category Archives: Time

‘Mr C. Beam’. A brief history of New Zealand Standard time – Simon Day.

One hundred and fifty years ago New Zealand became the first country to introduce standard time.

November 2nd 2018 marks 150 years since New Zealand adopted a standard, nationwide time, based on Greenwich Mean Time. What’s more, we were the first country in the world to adhere to a single time standard, beating even the rest of England to the Greenwich line in the sand.
“A lot of people don’t realise is how much it underpins in terms of technology we use everyday, GPS, internet, financial transactions, anything that needs an authenticated time stamp on it.”

The official unit of time measurement is a second, recognised as 9,192,631,770 oscillations of the undisturbed caesium atom. So that clears that up.

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