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People's attitudes to environmental regulations

Why we monitor people's attitudes to environmental regulations

Waikato Regional Council shares responsibility for implementing the Resource Management Act 1991 in the Waikato region. We need to understand people’s attitudes to environmental regulations, including their thoughts on where there is too much regulation or too little. We also need to know about how willing people are to adopt and comply with environmental regulations. This will guide us in setting goals and assist in planning environmental education programmes to fill information gaps.

This indicator monitors people’s attitudes towards environmental regulations at the regional, district council, urban and rural levels.

What's happening?

In 2019, on average people’s level of support for environmental regulations was 7.7 out of 9, on a scale of 3 to 9, where 9 represents strong support and 3 shows strong opposition to environmental regulations. In 2016 the average was similarly 7.72. In 2013 it was 7.57, 7.68 in 2006, and 7.45 in 2003.  The highest average score was 7.8 in 2000. 

In April to May 2019, 1250 people throughout the region were either surveyed or interviewed. Many told us about their attitudes to environmental regulations.  This was similar to surveys we ran in 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2013 and 2016 when we surveyed 1037, 1873, 1822, 1003, 1005 and 1250 people respectively. People answered three questions relating to people's and government's rights to determine environmental issues on private property.

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When 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 Strategy Directorate.



Updated 27 June 2019