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Special Report: Air pollution is behind one in every 10 deaths in New Zealand, shattering our self-perception as a clean, green nation. What are we going to do about it?

Last year, a new report laid one in 10 deaths at the feet of an invisible killer: Air pollution.

News headlines highlighted the top findings – that 3300 New Zealanders die prematurely every year due to air pollution – for a day or two. Then we moved on, as if we hadn’t just unmasked one of the country’s greatest mass killers.

For more than a year, Newsroom has been digging deeper into this story, to understand the root of the problem and our options for solving it.

The good news is that we have full agency over our air quality problem. If we want to fix it, we can. The flip side of that is we’re the only ones who can fix it.

Click through below to see Newsroom’s full investigation or watch the video highlights above.

The Invisible Killer

Marc Daalder is a senior political reporter based in Wellington who covers climate change, health, energy and violent extremism. Twitter/Bluesky: @marcdaalder

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