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.
We invite you to have your say on the proposals.
Review the proposal
- Proposed amendments to the National Environmental Standards for Air Quality: particulate matter and mercury emissions
- Summary document
- Kaupapa summary
- Regulatory Impact Statement – Amending the National Environmental Standards for Air Quality
- Regulatory Impact Statement – Ratification of the Minamata Convention on Mercury
- Air Quality Cost-Benefit Analysis – Update: Review of the National Environmental Standards for Air Quality
- PM2.5 in New Zealand: Modelling the current (2018) levels of fine particulate air pollution
- Solid fuel burner testing and standards to be considered within proposed amendments to National Environmental Standards for Air Quality (March 2020)
- Environmental reporting on air
Make a submission
You can submit your feedback during the consultation period using one of the following options.
- Use our submission tool. This is our preferred way to receive submissions.
- Answer the questions in the discussion document and email AirQualityNESsubmissions@mfe.govt.nz
- Or post your submission to Air Quality NES consultation, Ministry for the Environment, PO Box 10 362, Wellington 6143.
The deadline for submissions has been extended to 31 July 2020 at 5pm. (updated 30 March 2020)
- 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.