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Results - data and trends

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The graph below sets out the most common public actions taken in 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2013 and 2016.

  • In the first three surveys (1998, 2000 & 2003), about a quarter of Waikato people took public action with the aim of protecting the environment. In 2006, this declined to 16 per cent then further still in 2013 (11 per cent).  Encouragingly, however, this year’s result showed a 5 per cent increase from 2013’s result back to 16 per cent.
  • The most common public actions noted in most of these surveys were attending meetings and joining an action group.
  • By 2016, Waikato people got involved mainly by taking environmentally friendly action (such as planting trees, removing pests), signing a petition, attending a meeting or public hearing, and taking part in a protest or donating/raising money for groups.
  • See data on this graph, and results for your territorial authority, urban or rural area. The data were collected in June 1998, October to November 2000, September to October 2003, September to October 2006, January to March 2013 and February to March 2016. 

In the surveys, Waikato people taking public environmental actions were also asked how effective their actions were. In 2016, more than three-quarters (77 per cent) of those taking actions thought their efforts had been very, or fairly effective which combined is the highest proportion recorded to date. Just 11 per cent considered that they had not been effective which is the lowest since the survey began with 33 per cent in 1998.  The remaining 12 per cent of people did not know whether their actions had been effective or not.

Most common activities of Waikato people who have taken public action 1998-2016 (% of total sample).

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