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POLL RESULTS: Allergic reactions slightly worse this spring

After a bit of a technical hitch last week, we managed to get our new poll up and running – asking about spring allergies.

Here at, we get lots of correspondence from our readers every year about spore counts, and the prevalence of allergies during the worst times of year.

We wanted to get a national picture from our readers – just how bad (or good) has this season been for you, if you suffer from any of these conditions – and we received some relatively even results.

All in all, 48% of respondents said their allergies were either the same or worse than usual, with just 14 percent recording an improvement in their condition.

Nearly 40% or those who replied said they didn’t suffer from any allergies, but those who do will know – this is among the hardest times of the year!

– Keep an eye out for our new poll – coming Sunday evening

– Drew Chappell,


GuestArdeth on 17/11/2014 2:44am

Is there any source of reporting on air quality for central Auckland on a daily basis – or any at all?  During the season, I can get a very brief pollen report for overall Auckland, but I’d like to know air quality (dust, chemicals, etc.) for the CBD (where I happen to live).


WW Forecast Team on 17/11/2014 5:46am

Hi there – both MetService and NIWA put a premium on basic daily various data (despite being owned by taxpayers they operate like private businesses due to the way the govt set them up in the early 1990s – very different to Australia, Canada, the USA etc). We are currently in ministerial talks about freeing up more data so more people can publish daily air quality reports in ways that people can easily understand.  Try NIWA – they are the ones who should be providing these services to the public.


Philip Duncan

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