Waikato Regional Council (the council) developed the air quality strategy to determine the way forward for addressing air quality in the Waikato region, with particular emphasis on PM10.
The vision for air quality is:
Air quality in the Waikato region that supports healthy people and a healthy economy.
PM10 has a wide range of negative effects on human health and these are well established across a range of research disciplines. PM10 is emitted from a wide range of diffuse sources, including domestic fires (the primary contributor within the Waikato region), vehicle emissions, outdoor burning and industrial activities.
Poor air quality has a negative impact on public health (including restricted activity days and premature death in some individuals). As a consequence, there are associated social and economic impacts, and the costs of these are borne by individuals as well as at local, regional and national levels.
The goal for this strategy is that all gazetted airsheds within the Waikato region comply with the National Environmental Standards for Air Quality (NESAQ). The NESAQ has set exceedance levels and timeframes for non-complying airsheds to become compliant. The council also has policy objectives regarding the management of air quality in both the current and proposed Waikato Regional Policy Statements.
The strategy is available below for you to download and read online.