Home' Waitomo News : 05 July 2016 Contents 6 Waitomo News Tuesday, July 5, 2016
TWO teams with excellent oratory
skills are set to go head to head tomor-
row night in the annual Great Mania-
poto Reo Debate as a part of Maori
The teams – Te Wharekura o Mania-
poto and Te Rourou-iti-a-Haere – will
argue for and against this year’s debate
theme ‘Ma te rangatahi tona iwi e hautu’
For the young to take/drive the lead.
Leading the team from Te Wharekura
o Maniapoto comprising two kaiako
(teachers) and one akonga (student)
is Matehaere Clarke of Ngati Uekaha
(Waitomo). The other team Te Rourou-
iti-a-Haere comprises descendants of
Maniapoto who currently reside in
Tamaki Makaurau (Auckland) and is
led by Hemi Kelly of Ngati Unu (Te
Kopua) who is a lecturer at the Auckland
University of Technology.
Which team is affirmative or negative
will not be known until they are intro-
duced on stage, alongside the adjudica-
tors – Okeroa Waitai (Ngati Rora), Tom
Roa (Ngati Hinewai), Rahui Papa (Ngati
Koroki-Kahukura) and Rovina Mania-
poto-Anderson (Ngati Paretekawa).
Hosted by MFM in conjunction with
Te Wiki o te Reo Maori, the Great Ma-
niapoto Reo Debate is being held at the
Les Munro Centre at 5.30pm
tomorrow BREATHE in Te Kuiti . . . it’s almost okay.
TE Kuiti is just a breath away from its air being
re-classified as non-polluted by December 10,
subject to there being no further breaches of the
This means current restrictions imposed on
air discharges from local industry would no
Although New Zealand’s air quality is mostly
good, there are times when the air in urban areas
is affected by pollution.
The pollutant most commonly affecting urban
air is from smoke and soot – fine particles called
As air pollution can affect people’s health Na-
tional Environmental Standards for Air Quality
(NESAQ) were introduced in 2004, to set accept-
able levels for air quality.
The following year, the Waikato Regional
Council (WRC) identified five areas in the Wai-
kato where air quality could reach levels higher
than the national air quality standards.
WRC senior scientist Jonathan Caldwell says:
“A standard for PM10 has been set at 50 micro-
grams per cubic metre of air (50 μg/m3) when
averaged over 24 hours.
“More than one exceedance over a 12 month
period triggers a breach of the standard.”
Based on historical monitoring records Te
Kuiti, Tokoroa, Taupo and Putaruru have all
previously breached the PM10 standards set by
NESAQ and are currently classified as polluted.
“Hamilton has also had occasional exceed-
ances of air quality limits but has not been clas-
sified as polluted,” says Mr Caldwell.
“However, when comparing monitoring data
over the period 2006 to 2015, all five of these
urban areas have, or are currently showing some
improvement with statistically significant im-
proving trends identified for Te Kuiti and Taupo.”
Te Kuiti has not had an air quality breach for
the past four years.
A 2015 air emission inventory has determined
that domestic heating is the main source of PM10
emissions in Te Kuiti, accounting for 78% of daily
The other main source is industry which
There has been a 14% reduction in winter
PM10 emissions in Te Kuiti since 2007 as a re-
sult of reductions in both domestic heating and
“Warmer winters with a combination of higher
wind speeds and higher air temperatures over the
past few years is also likely to have contributed
to improvements observed,” says Mr Caldwell.
“Air quality is worst in urban areas where cold,
calm conditions occur over winter and there is a
large number of woodburners.
“The region’s best areas for air quality are
typically where there is good air movement over
winter such as coastal towns or towns where there
is a low density of woodburners.”
Otorohanga’s air quality has never been meas-
ured, however, the WRC has plans to do so.
Mr Caldwell says the best advice for reducing
PM10 emissions/ improving air quality is:
upgrading old woodburners to an NES-
approved woodburner, pellet burner or a clean
heat alternative such as a heat pump or flued
making sure you burn only dry firewood;
ensuring you have the correct flue height
installed on your woodburner;
have your chimney regularly swept;
don’t burn offcuts of treated or painted
don’t burn rubbish and garden waste. Recy-
cle it or take it to your transfer station.
Te Kuiti air quality good
Don’t get it, don’t give it
THE Asthma and Respiratory Foundation
NZ is urging people to have a flu vac-
cination. The vaccine is free until July 31
for people 65 years of age and over and
for those under 65 with a medical condi-
tion such as asthma or a chronic respira-
tory condition. Respiratory disease is
New Zealand’s third most common cause
of death and costs more than $5.5 billion
every year. More than one in six (more
than 700,000) Kiwis live with a respira-
tory condition, and rates are worsening.
More than half of those admitted to hos-
pital with a poverty-related condition are
there because of a respiratory problem
such as asthma, bronchiolitis, acute in-
fection or pneumonia. To date 1.2 million
New Zealanders have been immunised
against the flu this year.
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