Nelson Marlborough Public Health Service staff work with councils on environmental noise planning under the Resource Management Act.

Staff also have access to expert advice provided by the Ministry of Health.

Environmental noise is unwanted or undesirable noise that may affect people's health and wellbeing. Its adverse effects include:

  • interference with speech communication
  • disturbance of rest and sleep
  • psycho-physiological, mental health and performance effects
  • effects on residential behaviour and annoyance
  • interference with activities.

Environmental noise in New Zealand is controlled by councils under the Resource Management Act. Council staff respond to noise complaints and undertake noise level measurements.