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People’s public environmental actions

Why we monitor people's public environmental actions

Waikato Regional Council needs to understand what public actions people take to protect the environment. We also need to know what type of activities they undertake and how effective they think their actions are. This will guide us in setting up consultation programmes that encourage people to have their say on environmental issues, as well as setting goals and planning environmental education programmes to fill information gaps. 

This indicator monitors:

  • People’s involvement in public processes aimed at protecting the environment at the regional, territorial authority, urban and rural levels.
  • People’s public actions ranging from attending meetings or public hearings, signing a petition or taking environmentally friendly action.
  • People’s assessment of the effectiveness of their actions.

What's happening?

In 2019, 30 per cent of Waikato people carried out public environmental actions in the previous 12 months.  This is the highest it has ever been and nearly double that of 2016 at 16 per cent. 

In 2019, 44 per cent of respondents thought that the public should have more say in the way the environment is managed (similar to 2016 of 43 per cent). Though slightly lower than previous surveys ranging between 46-48 per cent (and a peak at 56 per cent in 2000). 

In April to May 2019, 1250 people throughout the region responded to a survey and interviews where many told us what public environmental actions people were taking to help the environment. Similarly in 2016, 1250 people were surveyed or interviewed. This was a repeat of surveys we ran in June 1998 when we surveyed 1037 people, October to November 2003 when we surveyed 1873 people, September to October 2003 when we surveyed 1822 people, September to October 2006 when 1003 people were surveyed and January to March 2013, when 1005 people were surveyed. 

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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