There was a level of irony for Hawke's Bay Regional Council chairman Rex Graham, receiving texts from members of the public about air pollution in Hawke's Bay while he was sitting in China with stunning blue skies.

As such, he said news the zero carbon legislation had been introduced to Parliament was "fantastic".

"Yesterday I got a lot of texts from residents in Hawke's Bay because of all those fires and the pollution which is created by the fires.

Rex Graham says he hopes the legislation passes quickly. Photo / File
Rex Graham says he hopes the legislation passes quickly. Photo / File

"And it's really fascinating to me that here I am in China with clear blue skies ... and I'm getting texts

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