Auckland Regional Public Health Service is liaising with Auckland Council to monitor air quality and assess the impact of the Australian bushfire haze seen across the region.
Current air quality findings show that the haze caused by the Australian bushfires is unlikely to cause any serious health issues. However, if you have asthma or another respiratory disease, and your symptoms worsen or don't improve with your normal treatment plan, you should seek medical advice.
Data from air quality monitoring stations show the level of particulates in air is within normal daily limits. The particulate matter is held in the upper atmosphere and is much more diluted at ground level.
Based on this, we do not expect the haze from the bushfires to impact significantly on the air we breathe or to cause any serious health issues.
Although pollution levels remain relatively low, it is still possible that some people may experience ill effects. People who are more at risk include those who suffer from asthma or other respiratory conditions, older people, and those with chronic illnesses.
If you are concerned, contact your GP or health professional, or free call Healthline for health advice on 0800 611 116.
Auckland Regional Public Health Service will continue to monitor the situation alongside Auckland Council and will provide updates as necessary.