The Autonomous Region of Bougainville will move its clocks forward by one hour on 28th December, 2014.
A new time zone, to be known as Bougainville Standard Time has been adopted by the Bougainville House of Representatives at its September sitting. The new time zone is 11 hours ahead of Co-ordinated Universal Time, which means that Bougainville will be one hour ahead of the rest of Papua New Guinea.
The Honourable Wilfred Komba, Minister for Commerce and Tourism, told the House of Representatives in September that it has been felt that the Bougainville region was disadvantaged by being part of the National Time Zone. “As a result Sunrise and Sunset times in Bougainville are earlier than most people would like”. He said.
The change will happen at 2 am on 28th December, when all clocks in the Bougainville region will move forward to 3 am.
Minister Komba said that this date has been chosen because the period between Christmas Day and New Year is generally a quite one for most people.
From that date onwards, when it is noon in Bougainville, it will be 11:00 am in the rest of Papua New Guinea.
Bougainville will be in the same time zone as Solomon Islands said the Minister.
Visitors coming to the Autonomous Region of Bougainville by Air and Sea are required to forward their watches by 1 hour, to meet the Bougainville Time.
Meanwhile, New Dawn FM will broadcast up until 2AM to make sure it announces the change which is another history in a making for Bougainville.
The Minister will be invited to the studio to make that announcement at 2AM on Sunday 28th December, 2014.