A Health Impact Assessment (HIA) of the Kapiti expressway shows there are likely to be significant health impacts for anyone living within 200m of the proposed road. Public health lecturer Dr Marie O’Sullivan, who has been commissioned to research and write the report, says most households interviewed along the route have an existing health condition which would be exacerbated by being located next to a motorway.
The HIA was independently commissioned by concerned members of the public so that individuals can easily get factual information on the health effects of living next to a major road based on independent research. It includes information from peer reviewed scientific literature and organizations around the world including the World Health Organization (WHO) and the British Medical Association (BMA). Dr O’Sullivan says “NZTA have not included information on health impacts in any of their 36 reports on the effects of the expressway. It is dangerous to assume that there are negligible or no health impacts from a project this big. When the British Medical Association says that long term exposure to air pollutants decreases life expectancy, it’s a good idea to pay attention”.