This indicator shows the health impacts on New Zealanders from exposure to air pollutants. The indicator focuses on hospital admissions that are the result of exposure to fine particles (ie particles less than 2.5 micrometres in diameter, PM2.5) from human-generated sources, for example, burning wood for home heating.
This measure still needs to be developed.
Currently we are using a proxy measure that shows the health impacts of PM10. PM10 is a pollutant of concern because it can cause respiratory problems, and reduce lung development and functioning.