Some parts of our Region, in particular, have issues with air quality during the winter months because of a combination of topography, altitude and the use of home fires in that area. Other areas, particularly urban, have issues with burning rubbish and garden waste in the backyard, causing smoke and odours for neighbouring properties.

From the map below we can see how Taumarunui and Taihape exceeded the national PM10 guidelines at the time while Ohakune, Feilding, Dannevirke and Pahiatua had the potential to exceed.


Winter time PM10 levels in Whanganui, Palmerston North, Levin, Marton and Ashhurst were under the PM10 guideline.


Air quality results are from PM10 monitoring using mini volume portable sampler, 7 days gravimetric sampler in the winter months of 2001, 2002 and 2003.

To ensure our community stays healthy and can breathe easy, we monitor our air quality, report any breaches, and work with our communities to reduce problems. More information about this monitoring can be found on our air publications page. 

Guide to wood burning


Guidelines on the open burning of waste