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Published: 2003-09-02 00:00:00

About 1800 people will be phoned over the next few weeks to find out what they think about environmental issues.

Environment Waikato is conducting the 10-15 minute survey to help gauge more understanding of people’s views, opinions and priorities on environmental issues. The survey asks people about their awareness of environmental issues, their attitudes, knowledge and their own environmental actions.

The survey will cover a minimum of 80 people in each district and 200 people in Hamilton. Results will be analysed for similarities and differences between urban and rural, people in different districts, ages, Maori and non-Maori.

The calls are limited to daytime and early evening, take a maximum of 15 minutes, and participants have a freephone number for enquiries. No private names or addresses are recorded and participants can enter a prize draw for a weekend away in the Region. Results will be available in early December and will be shared with territorial authorities, as well as provided to newspapers and published in the Council’s magazine EnviroCare.

The results will assist the Council in preparing its Long-Term Council Community Plan.