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The Local Air Quality Index - New Zealand

The Local Air Quality Index is a method used by the government and companies to communicate air quality in an understandable way.

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How we calculate the air quality index - New Zealand

BreezoMeter uses an index called “AQI (NZ)”

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We take the average of each pollutant type according to local government definitions.

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An official conversion table is used to convert average pollutant concentrations to AQI for each pollutant.

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The final AQI is determined by taking the worst AQI among all pollutants. The worst pollutant being the dominant pollutant.

Index Health Categories

AQI (NZ) represents air quality levels according to the following health categories:

Category

Less than 10% of guideline

10-33% of guideline

33-66% of guideline

66-100% of guideline

Greater than 100% of guideline

Pollutant Type

Period

pm2.5

24h avg.

pm10

24h avg.

o3

1h avg.

so2

1h or 24h avg.

no2

1h or 24h avg.

co

1h avg.

Index Pollutant Types

The following chart displays the pollutants that are part of the AQI (NZ) calculation and the timeframe taken to average each pollutant type:

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