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New Zealand’s NIWA Gets Busted “Tricking” Their Climate Date

26 November, 2009

Oh, this is going to get good!  Where’s my popcorn?

BREAKING: NZ’s NIWA accused of CRU-style temperature faking

UPDATE 15:49 NZDT – NIWA’s news release in response to this story appears to have been delayed, and according to a radio news report a few minutes ago Rodney Hide, leader of the minority Act Party and a minister in the National Government, is now calling on his Cabinet colleague, Climate Change Minister Nick Smith, to “please explain” [normal transmission now resumes]

The New Zealand Government’s chief climate advisory unit NIWA is under fire for allegedly massaging raw climate data to show a global warming trend that wasn’t there.

The scandal breaks as fears grow worldwide that corruption of climate science is not confined to just Britain’s CRU climate research centre.

In New Zealand’s case, the figures published on NIWA’s [the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric research] website suggest a strong warming trend in New Zealand over the past century:


The caption to the photo on the NiWA site reads:

From NIWA’s web site — Figure 7: Mean annual temperature over New Zealand, from 1853 to 2008 inclusive, based onbetween 2 (from 1853) and 7 (from 1908) long-term station records. The blue and red bars show annual differences from the 1971 – 2000 average, the solid black line is a smoothed time series, and the dotted [straight] line is the linear trend over 1909 to 2008 (0.92°C/100 years).

But analysis of the raw climate data from the same temperature stations has just turned up a very different result:


Gone is the relentless rising temperature trend, and instead there appears to have been a much smaller growth in warming, consistent with the warming up of the planet after the end of the Little Ice Age in 1850.


Do you all see what they did here?  They used a Bezier curving “trick” to pull the temperatures down by weighting it around the year 1905 or so.  That way, it looks like the temperatures were a lot cooler in the past!

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‘No Jews Allowed’ Update

20 January, 2009


Cafe ends ban but Israeli wants apology
By EVAN HARDING – The Southland Times

Southland-based Israeli woman Natalie Bennie and her visiting Israeli sister Tamara Shefa were told to leave the Mevlana Cafe on Esk St by owner Mustafa Tekinkaya last Wednesday.

A Turkish Muslim, he said Israelis weren’t welcome into his cafe until Israel stopped killing innocent women and babies in the Gaza Strip. With a ceasefire now called in the Middle East conflict, Mr Tekinkaya was reported as saying Israelis were welcome back.

Mrs Bennie said she was pleased, but for her, it was never about the war. “He was doing an illegal thing in New Zealand because he was discriminating on the basis of someone’s nationality.”

She said she still had strong feelings about how they were treated, and believed the public also had strong feelings, so wanted some kind of public apology from Mr Tekinkaya.

“Bottom line, that’s what I want.”

She said she was in contact with the Human Rights Commission, who were acting as a go-between, and was hoping to get to speak to the cafe owners.

Her Israeli sister, Tamara Shefa, said they had been amazed by the public support they had received.

“I didn’t imagine it would create such widespread aggro.”

Mrs Tekinkaya declined to comment yesterday, saying their lawyer had advised them not to.

A Human Rights Commission spokeswoman said the issue was in the process of mediation so she would not comment.

No Jews Allowed!

16 January, 2009

Of course, Nazi Germany comes immediately to mind when reading the following example of antisemitism in New Zealand.  Yup, an ignorant society is definitely doomed to repeat the mistakes of the past:


New Zealand pubs ban Israelis over Gaza operation

Sign placed at entrance to pub in Kaikoura reads, ‘Israelis not welcome before Gaza shelling stops’; two Israeli woman ordered to leave another pub because ‘Israel kills innocent babies and women’
Anat Shalev
01.16.09, 11:48 / Israel News

An Israeli citizen residing in Kaikoura, New Zealand has informed Ynet Friday that a local pub, the Strawberry Tree, placed a sign outside its door reading, “Israelis not welcome before shelling (in Gaza) stops”.

Two other Israeli tourists encountered a similar restriction at a café located in another part of the country.

Kaikoura, located on the east coast of New Zealand’s South Island, is a tourist hub known for its dolphin shows.

“The pub’s owner has extreme views; in the past he worked as a photojournalist in Gaza, and inside the pub a sign reading ‘Free Palestine” has been hanging for some time now,” the Israeli citizen, who wished to remain nameless, told Ynet.

“It is alarming the (conflict in Gaza) has resonated to this region and in such a one-sided way.”

The Israeli continued to say that “the owner expressed his aversion to the supposed racism on Israel’s part – but he himself is acting in a racist manner when he screens his patrons according to their nationality.”

‘You never know’

He said the local community has unequivocally condemned the pub owner’s act. “People are calling us (Israelis) to offer their support; they are even saying that the restriction is redolent of the days in which black Americans were banned from public places and even of Nazi Germany.



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