Daylight saving to end this weekend, clocks to go back one hour

It's that time of year again when New Zealanders will have to think about changing their clocks back.

Daylight saving is set to end this weekend and while an extra hour of sleep is usually something worth celebrating, in these unprecedented times it might not seem like much.

But Kiwis are being urged by the Department of Internal Affairs to still take the time to check household emergency plans, survival items, and smoke alarms.

"A house fire can kill in five minutes - go over an escape plan with everyone in your household," Fire and Emergency New Zealand chief executive Rhys Jones said.

"Make sure you have working smoke alarms in your home in this daylight saving."

Clocks will officially go back to 2am at 3am on Sunday.

Earlier this week, there were suggestions daylight saving should be extended until the end of New Zealand's COVID-19 lockdown. However, a poll by The AM Show found 51 percent were not in favour of an extension.

Daylight saving will return on September 27.