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Community held values of rivers, lakes and streams in the Waikato and Waipa River catchments

Report: TR 2013/31

Author: Sandra Barns, Jacqueline Henry, Emma Reed

About this report

The Waikato Regional Council (the council) has a statutory role under the Resource Management Act 1991 to control the use of land for the purpose of maintaining and enhancing water quality. In order to meet more recent legislative requirements the council has decided to make changes to its Resource Management Act planning documents to improve the management of water quality in the Waikato and Waipa rivers. Therefore, an understanding of how the community values water quality in the Waikato and Waipa catchments is required. Existing regional research was reviewed and two further pieces of primary research were commissioned on community values in respect to water bodies in the Waikato region. Additional research, which was underway at the time of writing this report, has also been included for reference. Key themes have been summarised.

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Table of contents

  Glossary of Māori terms vi
  Executive summary viii
1 Introduction 1
1.1 Purpose 1
1.2 Legislative context 1
1.3 Interpretation of the term "values" 2
1.4 Methodology 3
2 Document review 5
2.1 Recreational values 5
2.2 Environmental values 5
2.3 Economic values 6
2.4 River iwi values 7
2.5 Summary of document review 8
3 Qualitative assessment of values 9
3.1 Summary of qualitative assessment 11
4 Quantitative assessment of values 12
4.1 Awareness and usage of rivers, lakes and streams 12
4.1.1 Awareness of rivers, lakes and streams 12
4.1.2 Activities on rivers, lakes and streams 14
4.1.3 Water quality of rivers, lakes and streams 16
4.1.4 The single most important aspect 18
4.2 Waterway attributes 19
4.2.1 Rivers, lakes and streams as a source of food 19
4.2.2 Rivers, lakes and streams for recreation 21
4.2.3 Rivers, lakes and streams in the environment 21
4.3 Values and beliefs 24
4.3.1 Community-culture values and beliefs 24
4.3.2 Economic-environmental values and beliefs 28
4.3.3 Social and recreational values and beliefs 31
4.4 Summary of quantitative assessment 34
5 Additional research: Recreational and cultural use internet survey 35
6 Summary 37
6.1 Environmental values 37
6.2 Community and individual values 37
6.3 Iwi and Māori values 38
6.4 Economic values 39
7 Conclusions 40
8 References 41
9 Appendices 43
Appendix 1: Map of the Waikato and Waipa River catchments 43
Appendix 2: List of provisions from the Proposed Waikato Regional Policy Statement (2010) and reviewed submissions 44
Appendix 3: Map showing location of survey respondents 45
Appendix 4: Achieved sample for quantitative survey 46
Appendix 5: Awareness and use of other water bodies in the Waikato region 47
Appendix 6: Activity groupings 48
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