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Proposed Plan Change 13 - Air Quality

We all want clean air breath, 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. If you care about air quality, now is the time to have your say. Check out the relevant documents below and complete a submission by 4.00 PM on 12 April 2018.

If you have any questions about the Air Plan, the process or how to make a submission please contact Karen Parcell 0800 884 881 ex 9346, 027 548 4785 or

Give feedback

To give feedback, this must be as a submission on the form below. Submissions will be accepted until 4.00 PM on 12 April 2018. Once complete you can send your submission by:

Fax: 0800 884 882
Post to: Plan Change 13, Bay of Plenty Regional Council, PO Box 364, Whakatane, 3158

Relevant documents

Please note there is an error in the original Fact sheet that was mailed to interested parties, commenters, statutory bodies etc. advising that submissions close on 18 April. The correct date as stipulated here is, 4.00pm on Thursday 12 April 2018.

Hardcopies of Proposed Plan Change 13 (plus Consequential Changes) and the Section 32 Evaluation Report are available for public viewing until 12 April 2018 at the following Regional Council offices:

  • 87 First Avenue, Tauranga
  • 5 Quay Street, Whakatane
  • 1125 Arawa Street, Rotorua
  • 6 Rata Street, Mount Maunganui

Further reading

More information relating to the Air Plan can be found here.