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.
In 2016, on average people’s level of support for environmental regulations was 7.72 out of 9, on a scale of 3 to 9, where 9 represents strong support and 3 shows strong opposition to environmental regulations. This is up from 7.57 in 2013, 7.68 in 2006, and 7.45 in 2003. The 2016 average score is only slightly lower than 7.8 in 2000 which was the highest average it has ever been.
In February to March 2016, surveys and interviews with 1,250 people throughout the region told us about their attitudes to environmental regulations. This was similar to surveys we ran in 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006 and 2013 when we surveyed 1037, 1873, 1822, 1003 and 1005 people respectively. People answered three questions relating to people's and government's rights to determine environmental issues on private property.
This indicator is updated every three years. The next update is due in 2019.
Social Scientist - Science and Strategy Directorate.