Air Quality

The quality of the air we breathe is important to our health. This section highlights air quality issues in Nelson and Tasman District. 

The main issue is winter-time smog due to wood-burning.

Low air quality may also result in bad smells, or poor visibility (smog) - however not all bad smells indicate low air quality (for example Rotorua), and not all low visibility conditions are the result of low air quality (for example fog, which is just moisture in the air).

Land, Air, Water Aotearoa - LAWA

The LAWA website is a collaboration between New Zealand’s 16 regional and unitary councils, the Ministry for the Environment (MFE), Cawthron Institute and Massey University. It provides all of the country’s air and water quality monitoring in one place and in a common, easy to understand format.

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Air Quality Monitoring in Nelson

High pollution night count for Nelson.

Air Quality Monitoring In Richmond

High pollution night count for Richmond.

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Measuring Air Quality

State of Air Quality in Tasman District


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