8 Sep 2023

Why hay fever season might feel worse this year

From Nine To Noon, 9:20 am on 8 September 2023
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Hay fever season is descending, and for the unlucky among us who develop seasonal allergies, it might feel worse than usual this year.

Climate change is thought to be driving a significant increase in grass pollens, which is the most common cause of hay fever in New Zealand.

While for some spring and summer simply brings on a few sniffles - for others, especially asthmatics, the cold-like symptoms are enough to disrupt work or social activities.

Allergy New Zealand chief executive Mark Dixon speaks with Susie Ferguson.