|The biggest environmental concern in the Waikato region is water pollution/quality.|
In 2013, we surveyed people living in the Waikato to find out their awareness of, attitudes to and actions about environmental issues.
Just over a half of respondents (53 per cent) think the state of the local environment has stayed the same, while 29 per cent of respondents consider that the overall state of the local environment has improved over the last few years; and 17 per cent of respondents perceive it has deteriorated.
In 2013, a larger proportion of respondents than in the 2006 survey and in all previous surveys state that the overall state of the local environment has stayed the same (a significant increase from 38 per cent in 2006 to 53 per cent in 2013). Conversely, a smaller proportion of respondents feel that the overall state of the local environment has improved (down from 39 per cent in 2006 to 29 per cent in 2013) and a smaller proportion of respondents also state that that the overall state of the local environment has become worse (down from 22 per cent in 2006 to 17 per cent in 2013).
The top environmental issues for people in the Waikato are:
More people than in our previous surveys reported taking action to help the environment in the last year by:
Some environmental issues are complex, or people disagree about them, for example where the balance lies between economic growth and environmental protection. But most people agree our economy depends on the goods and services - ecosystem services - our environment provides, and therefore a healthy economy requires a healthy environment.
For more results and information from this survey and earlier surveys, check out our social and economic indicators.