Improving the quality of our air

Girl in New Zealand outdoors

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 sought 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.

What you told us

Thank you to all who made a submission. We received 118 submissions. 

Read the summary of submissions

Individual submissions

1 - Alan Paterson PDF, 34.8 kB
2 - Jim Scott PDF, 49.2 kB
3 - Anonymous PDF, 35.5 kB
4 - Belinda Howard PDF, 27.9 kB
5 - Anonymous PDF, 37.6 kB
6 - The Fireplace PDF, 38.8 kB
7 - Katherine Anne Bayliss PDF, 36.0 kB
8 - Laura Revell PDF, 26.2 kB
9 - Kevin Rolfe Consulting Limited (Kevin Rolfe) PDF, 43.9 kB
10 - Anonymous PDF, 31.1 kB
11 - Taranaki Regional Council PDF, 40.6 kB
12 - Zero Carbon Nelson Tasman PDF, 38.4 kB
13 - MW Heating Limited PDF, 47.2 kB
14 - Nicholas John Wilson PDF, 31.3 kB
16 - Warren Glenn Bryson PDF, 38.9 kB
17 - Kimbra Ellen Taylor PDF, 36.6 kB
18 - Michel Herde PDF, 35.9 kB
19 - Woodstocks Firewood Merchants PDF, 44.9 kB
22 - Michael Seaman PDF, 32.3 kB
23 - Whareroa Marae PDF, 44.7 kB
24 - Matthew Thredgold PDF, 51.2 kB
26 - Anonymous PDF, 38.1 kB
27 - Glen Robert Harland PDF, 40.0 kB
28 - Waikato Regional Council PDF, 330 kB
29 - Ngatiwai PDF, 135 kB
30 - Bob Christie PDF, 114 kB
31 - Dianne Haist PDF, 237 kB
34 - West Coast Regional Council PDF, 2.0 MB
35 - Auckland Council PDF, 866 kB
36 - John Coulton PDF, 255 kB
37 - Waimakariri District Council PDF, 408 kB
38 - Beca Limited PDF, 37.6 kB
39 - Rotorua Lakes Council PDF, 34.8 kB
41 - Anonymous PDF, 37.9 kB
42 - Geoffrey King PDF, 32.2 kB
43 - Public Health South, Southern DHB PDF, 44.0 kB
47 - Tasman District Council PDF, 954 kB
48 - Central Otago District Council PDF, 277 kB
49 - ADM New Zealand Limited PDF, 31.6 kB
50 - Warmington Industries Ltd PDF, 46.7 kB
52 - Anonymous PDF, 61.6 kB
53 - Toi Te Ora Public Health, Bay of Plenty and Lakes District Health Boards PDF, 59.3 kB
54 - Jonathan Taylor PDF, 35.5 kB
55 - Anonymous PDF, 37.5 kB
59 - MidCentral DHB PDF, 225 kB
62 - Ashburton District Council PDF, 641 kB
63 - Golden Bay Cement PDF, 230 kB
64 - Hawke_s Bay District Health Board PDF, 275 kB
65 - Canterbury District Health Board PDF, 568 kB
67 - Greater Wellington Regional Council PDF, 693 kB
70 - P W Moller PDF, 89.1 kB
71 - Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Te Rangi Iwi PDF, 5.8 MB
73 - Anonymous PDF, 32.4 kB
74 - South Waikato District Council PDF, 46.1 kB
75 - Anonymous PDF, 44.2 kB
76 - Masterton District Council PDF, 47.0 kB
77 - New Zealand Home Heating Association PDF, 65.9 kB
79 - Coal Action Network Aotearoa PDF, 34.7 kB
80 - Polytechnik Biomass Energy Pty Limited PDF, 40.1 kB
81 - Molly Melhuish PDF, 35.6 kB
82 - Christchurch City Council PDF, 44.5 kB
83 - Nelson Marlborough District Health Board PDF, 32.4 kB
84 - Horizons Regional Council PDF, 53.7 kB
85 - Environment Canterbury PDF, 130 kB
86 - Aggregate and Quarry Association PDF, 93.1 kB
87 - Winstone Wallboards Limited PDF, 355 kB
88 - Northland Regional Council PDF, 302 kB
89 - Otago Regional Council PDF, 415 kB
90 - Resource Management Law Association PDF, 301 kB
91 - Ravensdown Limited PDF, 613 kB
92 - Bay of Plenty Regional Council PDF, 538 kB
93 - Environment Southland PDF, 538 kB
94 - Nelson City Council PDF, 72.7 kB
95 - Marlborough District Council PDF, 453 kB
97 - Dr Marion Poore PDF, 639 kB

98 - Napier City Council, Hastings District Council, Central Hawke's Bay District
Council and Hawke's Bay Regional Council staff

PDF, 150 kB
99 - Active West Coast PDF, 188 kB
100 - Association for Independent Research PDF, 1.9 MB
101 - Jennifer Ann Campbell PDF, 43.1 kB
102 - EnviroSolve PDF, 40.3 kB
103 - Anonymous PDF, 35.6 kB
104 - Air Quality NZ Limited PDF, 34.6 kB
105 - Anonymous PDF, 40.6 kB
106 - Anonymous PDF, 34.9 kB
107 - Anonymous PDF, 61.3 kB
108 - Nelson Pine Industries Limited PDF, 39.2 kB
109 - Ballance Agri-Nutrients PDF, 33.8 kB
110 - Anonymous PDF, 27.3 kB
111 - Mahon Consulting Limited PDF, 34.0 kB
112 - Anonymous PDF, 33.5 kB
113 - Anonymous PDF, 33.2 kB
114 - Kataraina Anaru PDF, 37.3 kB
117 - Opotiki District Council PDF, 47.6 kB
118 - Te Rangapu Mana Whenua o Tauranga Moana PDF, 34.5 kB
119 - Neville Male PDF, 250 kB
121 - Green Team Hokitika PDF, 185 kB
122 - Scion PDF, 710 kB
123 - Refining NZ PDF, 158 kB
124 - Federated Farmers of NZ PDF, 291 kB
125 - Ngā Tai Ora - Public Health Northland PDF, 488 kB
126 - International Nutritionals Limited PDF, 208 kB
127 - Arrowtown Village Association PDF, 266 kB
128 - Horticulture New Zealand PDF, 674 kB
129 - Pac Forest Products Limited PDF, 372 kB
131 - Bioenergy Association of NZ PDF, 321 kB
132 - Fulton Hogan Limited PDF, 620 kB
133 - Hamilton City Council PDF, 200 kB
134 - Port of Tauranga Limited PDF, 479 kB
135 - HR Cement Limited PDF, 89.1 kB
136 - Anonymous PDF, 133 kB
139 - Joel Rindelaub PDF, 238 kB
140 - Lyttleton Port Company Limited PDF, 45.1 kB
141 - J Swap Contractors Limited PDF, 46.6 kB
144 - Regional Public Health PDF, 467 kB
145 - Waikato District Health Board PDF, 741 kB
146 - Auckland Regional Public Health Service PDF, 115 kB
147 - Peter Olorenshaw PDF, 1.8 MB

Next steps

  • We will continue working to refine the proposed amendments based on feedback and advice received.
  • The amendments are likely to take effect in the second half of 2021.