Environmental health

This section provides information about a range of environmental health topics including dioxins, drinking water, foodborne illness and more.

In this section

  • The built environment affects our everyday lives in both negative and positive ways. Urban areas, the form, shape, and accessibility of homes, work, and play all have a direct influence on the quality of our lives. Read more
  • Climate change is already affecting our climate. It is likely to impact our agriculture and other climate-sensitive industries, our native ecosystems, infrastructure, health and biosecurity, as well as having broader social and economic impacts Read more
  • Information on the health effects of dioxins, guidance for health practitioners, and the health support services for dioxin-exposed people. Read more
  • The new regulator, Taumata Arowai, took over as the drinking water regulator on 15 November 2021 when the Water Services Act 2021 came into effect. Read more
  • This section describes the regulation of food in New Zealand and where to find food safety information. Read more
  • This information for health practitioners outlines the high-level aspects of the process of identifying medically dependent domestic electricity consumers. Read more
  • The Ministry provides advice to Government and the public on the health effects of non-ionising radiation. Read more
  • An overview of the legislation covering standards around sewage, and the role of district health boards. Read more
  • The Environmental Health Officers Qualifications Regulations 1993 state that no person shall be appointed as an Environmental Health Officer unless they are qualified, ie hold the National Diploma in Environmental Health Science or a qualification accepted by the Director-General of Health as at least equivalent to it. Read more
  • This section provides information about high-power laser pointers. Read more
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