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Proposed Plan Change 13 - Air Quality


We all want clean air to breathe, yet across the world this is not a given. Here in the Bay of Plenty our air quality is pretty good most of the time, but we do have our own issues to deal with. These vary from seasonal issues like dust in summer or smoky fires in winter to pollution and odour issues in industrial areas. The Regional Air Plan aims to protect and improve this region’s air quality by setting rules for those who discharge into the air.

Every year our Pollution Hotline receives thousands of calls about pollution across the region. Air quality makes up about 60% of these calls. In response to these concerns our planners have been updating the Air Plan to ensure it best protects this region’s air quality.

These changes are captured under something called a plan change, or in this instance Plan Change 13.

We notified Plan Change 13 on 27 February 2018 and submissions closed on 18 April 2018. Further submissions closed on 31 July 2018.


Hearings are scheduled for October 2018. Please go to the link below for more details.

Proposed Plan Change 13 (Air Quality) Hearings


Relevant documents


 Rotorua Woodburners

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If you have any questions about the Air Plan please contact Karen Parcell 0800 884 881 ex 9346, 027 548 4785 or