Improving the quality of our air

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When we are exposed to air polluted with fine particles it can affect our health. In Aotearoa New Zealand the burning of wood and coal for home heating is the main source of air pollution from fine particles. 

The Government is seeking feedback on its proposed amendments to some provisions of the National Environmental Standards for Air Quality. The aim of the amendments is to better control the release of fine particles into our air.

The proposed amendments also include controls on mercury emissions. These would help us meet our obligations under the Minamata Convention on Mercury.

The consultation closed on 31 July 2020 at 5pm.

Next steps

  • Following the consultation period, we will prepare a report that summarises the submissions.
  • We will continue working with iwi partners, councils and key stakeholders to refine the proposed amendments based on feedback and advice received.