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Air quality issues in New Zealand towns

Domestic wood burners are a major source of air pollutants in many of New Zealand's urban areas during winter, with smoke levels influenced by the weather, topography, buildings and home-heating behaviour.

Community Observation Networks for Air (CONA)

NIWA's CONA research projects explore the potential of new technologies, including low-cost sensors, internet of things and visualization and social media to address community air quality. 

Community Air

NIWA’s Community Air projects are exploring how communities can access CONA technologies to tackle the air pollution issues relevant for them. Schools and householders can sign up to collaborate in learning, monitoring and intervention projects that build knowledge, skills and ultimately the power to effect change. 

Use the links below to find out more about our current and past projects and get involved. 

NIWA Contacts

Principal Scientist - Air Quality
Page last updated: 
19 March 2021