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People’s environmental concerns

Why we monitor people's environmental concerns

Waikato Regional Council needs to understand what information and what concerns people have about their environment. This will guide us in setting goals and planning environmental education programmes to fill information gaps. The survey is used for assessing and monitoring people’s environmental perceptions - awareness, attitudes, knowledge and behaviours.

This indicator monitors what people see as the main environmental issues facing the Waikato region today and what the main issues are at a territorial authority level, and urban and rural levels within the region.

What's happening?

As a community, our three main environmental concerns are:

  • water pollution/quality (47 per cent)
  • human impact/changes (previously called social issues) (16 per cent)
  • rubbish and recycling (15 per cent).

In April to May 2019, 1250 people throughout the region responded to a survey and interviews where many told us what the most important environmental issues were for them. This was a repeat of a survey we ran in June 1998, October 2000, September-October 2003, September-October 2006, January-March 2013, and April-May 2016 when we surveyed 1037, 1873, 1822, 1003, 1005 and 1250 people respectively.   

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How often this indicator is updated

This indicator is updated every three years.The next update is due in 2022.

Contact at Waikato Regional Council

Social Scientist - Science and Stategy Directorate



Updated 27 June 2019