Air is one of five domains we use to report on the state of New Zealand’s environment. The national environmental indicator we use to report on air is air quality. Levels of five air pollutants in managed airsheds are measured.
This section provides information on the state of New Zealand’s air.
The latest indicator update providing information on the state of New Zealand’s air quality, and links to previous updates.
Clean air contributes to New Zealand’s quality of life – not only people’s health, but also the beauty of the natural and physical environment.
Poor outdoor air quality is a significant issue in some locations in New Zealand. About two-thirds of New Zealanders live in areas that can experience air pollution from time to time.
Two key natural factors that affect air quality are the weather and New Zealand’s geography. Human factors that affect air quality include home heating and pollution from road transport.
Last updated: 17 July 2013