Auckland has the worst air quality in New Zealand, with pollution levels close to double that of Sydney according to the World Health Organisation. More than 700 Aucklanders are killed prematurely by air pollution every year. Auckland's air quality is so poor that levels of particulate matter regularly exceed national environmental standards. Every Aucklander breathes in an average 11,000 litres of air per day and within Auckland air pollution is seriously affecting people’s health and well-being.
Auckland has one of the highest asthma rates in the world with 25% of children and 12-23% of adults suffering from asthma. Asthma is the fourth highest cause of hospitalisation. The prevalence of respiratory and heart disease from air pollutants are a major cause for concern with coronary heart disease being the highest cause of death in the region.
Green Party MP Gareth Hughes said in Sept 2011 “that air pollution is a result of Aucklanders' dependency on cars and should serve as a wake-up call to the Government which is about to pour $13 billion into new roads and motorways.”
The way I see it, the main problem is that public transport in Auckland is a joke. I like using public transport in other cities around the world but no one in Auckland can rely on buses and trains to get around; they’re unreliable, infrequent, slow and expensive.
A haze of smog from early morning commuter traffic hangs over Auckland.
The other day I dropped my car off at the workshop to be fixed. It took me 20 minutes to drive there and I used about $4 of petrol. The two buses I caught back took over an hour, left me waiting at a bus shelter for half of that time and cost me $8.80. Workers and students need better and cheaper public transport but the Auckland Council hasn't delivered .
Our useless Mayor Len Brown promised Auckland that if voted in he would invest money into public transport. However, now elected, for some reason the money is being spent on roads. Len Brown fails us yet again.
-Shane M. SA