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Air quality

Air quality

Updated 12 June 2019 1:23pm

Everyone deserves clean air to breathe. Breathing polluted air can lead to respiratory (lung) and cardiovascular (heart) problems. Certain groups of people, such as children and the elderly, are especially vulnerable. 

Greater Wellington measures air quality within designated airsheds to ensure we are meeting National Environmental Standards, as well as Regional Land Transport Plan targets.

Home fires and air quality

Wood smoke contains lots of fine particles called particulate matter. Home fires are responsible for about 80% of all particle air pollution produced in the region.


Learn about the rules that apply to wood burners and how to become a better burner.

Download our latest report card for further information about the impact of fires on air quality


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