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Taumarunui (population 5800) is the largest town in the Ruapehu District that is located in the central North Island.  Taumarunui is predominantly residential with a defined commercial area adjacent to SH 4.  The continuous monitoring site has been operating since mid August 2009.

The air quality monitoring site is located on the grounds of the Baptist Friendship Centre at 250 Taupo Road, Taumarunui. A FH62 BAM monitors PM10 concentrations and meteorological data.

Town Summary
Air quality in this town

In Taumarunui, the main source of air pollution (>80% PM10) is generated from home heating using wood burners. PM10 concentrations peak on cold, still winter nights. Outdoor burning contributes approximately 14% of the winter PM10 emissions. There are no issues with elevated PM10 concentrations during the warmer months.

  • Population
  • Number of households

This information is collated from 2013 Census information. The census is the official count of how many people and dwellings there are in New Zealand. Census information is collated every five years.

Sources of air pollution

Home heating Industrial Outdoor burning Traffic Indoor sources Natural sources
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    Sources of PM10 emissions

    Source Annual percentage Winter day percentage
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    Outdoor burning Outdoor burning {{summary.emissions.annualoutdoor}}% {{summary.emissions.winteroutdoor}}%
    Traffic Traffic {{summary.emissions.annualmotor}}% {{summary.emissions.wintermotor}}%
    Relative breakdown
    Winter day

    The table shows the proportions of the main sources of PM10 in this town from home heating, industrial activities, outdoor burning and traffic.  (Indoor sources and natural sources of air pollutants are not included in this breakdown). 

    These values come from 2013 data sourced from MfE’s data service.  Consistent methodology was used to calculate these estimates of PM10 emissions, which allows comparison between towns throughout New Zealand.  Some regional council published emissions information might differ if they were prepared in a different year or used another method. Contact your regional council for more information about PM10 and other emissions.

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Monitored sites in Taumarunui

Monitored sites in this town can be categorised according to location:

  • Residential: Air monitoring site is in a suburban area with a relatively high population density, but not close to a busy road or industry.
  • Traffic: Air monitoring site is very close to a busy road or intersection.
  • Industry: Air monitoring site is close to industry, including heavy commercial and processing factories.
  • Coastal: Air monitoring site is close to the coast where there are high levels of sea salt in the air.
  • NES: A site monitored for compliance with the National Environmental Standards for Air Quality (NES-AQ).

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