Practice English Speaking&Listening with: What we've learnt from 14 months of monitoring air quality in the Mount Maunganui industrial area

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We're down here today at Totara Street beside one of our 12 monitoring stations

we have in the area to check air quality. Good air quality is essential to the

well-being of people and the environment and we're responsible for ensuring it's

safe. From the number of calls we get to our Pollution Hotline we've long known

that we've got air quality issue in this area but you can't manage what you

don't measure so these monitors have been crucial to helping us understand

what air quality is like in this area. Since we increased the number of monitors

in November 2018 the monitoring has confirmed that the main problem is fine

dust. The challenge is there's a lot of dusty activities in this area from the

unloading of cargo to log movements to boat and car traffic and we have

communities living really close to where all this happens. The good news is we've seen a

willingness of some industries to make changes. Some industries are investing in

solutions to reduce dust and odour. For example, this dust fence behind me has been built to

control dust. We've learned a lot in 14 months but it's not simple and we've got a lot way to go. More changes

are going to have to happen and we're going to be introducing a range of rules to

help this along.

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