This section provides information on air quality in New Zealand. It details initiatives to improve air quality including the National Environmental Standards for Air Quality and provides information on specific air pollutants. It also includes information on regional air quality in managed airsheds and on authorised wood burners. 

In this section

  • New Zealand has relatively good air quality. However air pollution can affect our health and the enjoyment of our environment. This section has information on air quality in New Zealand and how it is managed. 
  • The National Environmental Standards for Air Quality are regulations made under the Resource Management Act 1991 which aim to set a guaranteed minimum level of health protection for all New Zealanders.
  • Information on the Ambient Air Quality Guidelines.
  • Provides a list of authorised wood burners that meet the performance requirements of the national wood burner standard. Pellet burners that have been tested and found to meet the standard for wood burners in the National Environmental Standards for Air Quality are included in the list. There is also information for the public and councils on wood burner installation requirements and best practice wood burner use.
  • Information on the monitoring of air quality and access to the latest national and regional air quality data.
  • Information on some of the main pollutants that affect our health and environment. 
  • Guidance to help councils meet their obligations to manage air quality.