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Community Air Watch Arrowtown

Community Air Watch enables members of the public to use new technologies to participate in studies of air quality in their own community. The project is in its pilot stage in 2020 and 2021.

Living in Arrowtown? 

NIWA is looking for volunteers to join the study in 2021. 

We would like you to use a small monitor to measure air quality in your home for a three-week period during the winter. In return you will receive an assessment of air quality in and around your home. You may be invited to a follow-up study to find out if there are low-cost options for improving air quality. 

For those who are interested in doing more there may be other ways in which you can participate, including:

  • Learning to install, maintain and understand air quality monitors
  • Helping with media coverage of the project, e.g. photography or social media

The Arrowtown project is run in collaboration with Arrowtown Village Association and Otago Regional Council.

The Community Air Watch pilot study is co-funded by NIWA and MBIE’s Unlocking Curious Minds fund.

Register your interest in joining our research here

Public meeting

7pm, Monday 19 April 2021

Supper Room, Athenaeum Hall


RSVP to [email protected]

What about other communities?

We are only able to offer Community Air Watch to a limited number of communities in areas with priority air quality issues. If you would like to enquire about the prospects for your community joining Community Air Watch from 2021 please contact Ian Longley.


Principal Scientist - Air Quality