NIWA’s explanation for the wild data manipulation was because the Wellington station was moved in 1927. There is a slight problem with that. The Weather Station at Kelburn is on top of their building that was built in the 1970’s meaning it was moved at least twice. Berend has pointed out that the weather station in the photo is in Auckland. Nevertheless their station in Khyber Pass, Auckland isn’t compliant with NOAA rules for valid weather stations;
Class 1 (CRN1)- Flat and horizontal ground surrounded by a clear surface with a slope below 1/3 (<19deg). Grass/low vegetation ground cover <10 centimeters high. Sensors located at least 100 meters from artificial heating or reflecting surfaces, such as buildings, concrete surfaces, and parking lots. Far from large bodies of water, except if it is representative of the area, and then located at least 100 meters away. No shading when the sun elevation >3 degrees.
and is sitting on a roof of a building on top of a hill right next to air conditioning units. You couldn’t get more “Urban Heat Sink” than that.
These guys have really been caught hanging out of the back of a goat sans trousers.