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Come on Rotorua, let's clean the air

During winter air quality in Rotorua exceeds the safe and acceptable level set by the Ministry for the Environment.

The most vulnerable to the adverse health effects of our air pollution are the very young, the elderly and those who suffer from respiratory conditions such as asthma.

Approximately 228 tonnes of fine particulates are discharged annually into Rotorua's air. We need to reduce this by 60 tonnes to meet the safe and acceptable standards set by the Ministry for Environment.

The biggest source of Rotorua's urban air pollution is from solid fuel burners for home heating.


If your house is within the Rotorua Airshed and you have a wood burner that was installed before September 2005, then the wood burner is non-compliant and it is illegal to use it.

All coal burners, multi-fuel burners, chip heaters, coal ranges, cookers, Marshall heaters and indoor open fires are illegal to use.

There are also rules regarding installing a new wood burner in the Rotorua Airshed and installing a wood burner in a property that has had its previous burner removed at the point of sale.

Council funding assistance ends on 30 April 2021. This includes Hot Swap, Low-Income Heating Grant and the subsidised solid fuel burner removal scheme. Phone 0800 884 880 now.

Removing non-compliant heating

If you own a property in the Rotorua Airshed and it contains a non-compliant wood burner, coal burner or multi-fuel burner, the Regional Council offers a subsidised removal service. This assistance ends 30 April 2021. Phone 0800 884 880 for more information.