The most significant air pollutant in New Zealand are small airborne particles in our air (known as particulate matter). Particulate pollutants are of most concern in New Zealand because of their high concentrations in some of our towns. Exposure to high levels of airborne particle pollutants has the potential to cause respiratory and cardiovascular issues. View a factsheet on why air quality is important here.
PM10 monitoring is conducted at intermittent intervals at various one-off sites in New Plymouth and Stratford. Previous monitoring of PM10 representative sites showed that on a regional basis, Taranaki has no significant air quality issues in relation to PM10. Airshed monitoring is not required in Taranaki because it has never exceeded national air quality standards.
PM monitoring history at towns in this region
What is this showing me?
|Towns||10-year Trend||annual average (µg/m³)||Highest daily average (µg/m³)||2nd highest daily average (µg/m³)||Number of exceedances|