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5 Monitoring Sites

5.1 Site descriptions

A brief description of all the monitoring sites in the GEMS / AMIS air quality monitoring programme is given below. This includes the two Auckland sites at Gavin Street in Penrose and Kowhai Intermediate School in Kingsland and two sites in Christchurch at Greers Road, in Burnside and Coles Place, in St Albans. (Note at Coles Place, only TSP, lead and VOCs are monitored by the Ministry for the Environment).

5.1.1 MfE Gavin Street, Penrose, Auckland – site AKL009

Site name

MfE Gavin Street, Penrose

Site ID

AKL009

Address

Transpower, Gavin Street, Penrose, Auckland

Site class

Industrial – dense / traffic – peak

Description

This site is located within the grounds of the Transpower NZ Ltd electrical sub-station on Gavin Street, Penrose. It is representative of road, vehicle and industrial emissions in the Penrose area which lies to the southeast of Auckland City and is also approximately 120 metres northeast of the Southern Motorway. There are residential properties immediately to the northeast of the site. During 2003 parallel monitoring was undertaken between this site and the neighbouring ACI site on Great South Road, in Penrose with a view to consolidating all monitoring at the Gavin Street site early in 2004.

Pollutants monitored

CO

NO2

SO2

VOCs

N

Y

Y

Y

PM10

TSP

Lead

 

Y

Y

Y

Meteorological parameters monitored

Wind speed

Wind direction

Relative humidity

Y

Y

Y

Temperature (6 m)

Temperature (10 m)

Temperature (2 m)

Y

N

N

Location map

Photograph

 

5.1.2 MfE Kowhai, Auckland – site AKL073

Site name MfE Kowhai, Kingsland Site ID AKL073
Address Kowhai Intermediate School, Sandringham Road, Kingsland, Auckland Site class Residential – peak
Description
This site is located within the grounds of Kowhai Intermediate School. It is surrounded by residential properties on three sides as well as the school buildings which lie about 100 metres to the north east. The busy New North Road is approximately 170 metres to the north of the site whilst Sandringham Road to the north west aligns north-east to south-west past the site. Eden Park Stadium is within 300 metres to the south-west of the site. It is representative of emissions arising from road, vehicles as well as domestic properties in the older inner-city area of Kingsland which lies to the south of Auckland City. This site was commissioned in 2004, designed to replace, the neighbouring Kelly Street site in Mt Eden which was to be redeveloped. The Kowhai site is about 1300 metres to the west of Kelly Street. During 2004, a period of parallel monitoring between the two sites was undertaken before all monitoring was re-located to the Kowhai site in October 2004. In September 2007, Kowhai was decommissioned due to the construction of a swimming pool complex inside the school grounds. A replacement site has not yet been finalised.
Pollutants monitored CO NO2 SO2 VOCs
N Y N Y
PM10 TSP Lead  
Y Y Y
Meteorological parameters monitored Wind speed Wind direction Relative humidity
Y Y Y
Temperature (6 m) Temperature (10 m) Temperature (2 m)
Y N N
Location map
Photograph

 

5.1.3 MfE Greers Road, Burnside, Christchurch – site CAN002

Site name MfE Greers Road, Burnside Site ID CAN002
Address Transpower, Greers Road, Burnside, Christchurch Site class Residential – neighbourhood
Description
This site is located in a paddock to the rear of the Transpower NZ Ltd electrical sub-station on Greers Road, and is surrounded by residential properties on four sides. Greers Road is approximately 100 m to the north west of the site. It is representative of emissions arising from domestic properties in the newer sub-urban areas of Burnside and Bishopdale which lie to the north-west of Christchurch city centre. The site was commissioned in November 2002 and replaces the former GEMS / AMIS site which was located off Madras Street, St Albans.
Pollutants monitored CO NO2 SO2 VOCs
Y Y Y Y
PM10 TSP Lead  
Y N N
Meteorological parameters monitored Wind speed Wind direction Relative humidity
Y Y Y
Temperature (6 m) Temperature (10 m) Temperature (1.5 m)
N Y Y
Location map
Photograph

 

5.1.4 MfE Coles Place, St Albans, Christchurch – site CAN003

Site name MfE Coles Place, St Albans Site ID CAN003
Address Coles Place, St Albans, Christchurch Site class Residential – neighbourhood
Description
This site is operated by Environment Canterbury and is located on an area of public open space at the end of Coles Place. It is surrounded by residential properties on four sides. It is representative of emissions arising from domestic properties in the older sub-urban area of St Albans which lies to the north of Christchurch city centre.
Pollutants monitored CO NO2 SO2 VOCs
N N N Y
PM10 TSP Lead  
N Y Y
Meteorological parameters monitored Wind speed Wind direction Relative humidity
N N N
Temperature (6 m) Temperature (10 m) Temperature (2 m)
N N N
Location map
Photograph

 

5.2 Air pollutants monitored at GEMS / AMIS sites

An overview of the air pollutants monitored at each site during 2007, as part of the GEMS / AMIS programme, is given in table 2 below.

Table 2: Air pollutants monitored at GEMS / AMIS sites 2007

Site CO NO2 SO2 VOC PM10 TSP Lead*
Kowhai Intermediate, Kingsland
AKL073
  tick   tick tick tick tick
Transpower, Gavin Street, Penrose, Auckland
AKL009
  tick tick tick tick tick tick
Greers Road, Burnside, Christchurch
CAN002
tick tick tick tick tick    
Coles Place, St Albans, Christchurch
CAN003
      tick   tick tick

Note:

* Lead is measured on the TSP filters in the months of June, July and August only.