Our role

Our role is to keep Northland’s high standard of air quality.


The plan is to have Northlanders make smart choices to keep their air clean. We want to have less backyard burning and fewer incidents involving pesticide use happening in Northland.

Maintaining our air quality

We have a variety of roles when it comes to caring for Northland’s air quality. These include:

Preventing air pollution

We provide rules and regulations that are designed to help keep Northland’s air clean. This includes managing issues such as:


We know that quite often it’s one-off things that cause air pollution - like having a fire after a garden clean up. So the best way to reduce these things happening is to educate and offer alternatives. We promote and give out pamphlets about ways to lessen air pollution.  We also respond to air pollution complaints from our 24/7 Environmental Hotline: 0800 504 639.

Air quality plan and national standards

We developed and enforce the Regional Air Quality Plan for Northland. This plan identifies the significant air quality issues in Northland and sets out policies and rules to manage or protect.

The Ministry for the Environment has published Ambient Air Quality Guidelines for New Zealand.


We use rules and resource consents to control what industry and businesses are allowed to put into the air.

Air monitoring

We carry out monitoring across sites all over Northland for levels of sulphur, dust and vehicle emissions.
View results from our Annual Environmental Monitoring Report.