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People's satisfaction with the environment

Why we monitor people's satisfaction with the environment

Waikato Regional Council needs to understand the levels of satisfaction people have towards their local environment. This will guide us in setting goals and planning environmental education programmes to fill information gaps.

This indicator monitors people’s levels of satisfaction with their local environment at the regional, territorial authority, urban and rural levels. 

What’s happening?

In 2016 on average people's level of satisfaction with their environment was the highest it has ever been since 1998 with a score of 6.6 out of 10, where 10 is perfect in every way. In 2013 the average was 6.47, similar to the scores of 6.5 in 1998, 6.42 in 2000, 6.32 in 2003 and 6.28 in 2006.

In February to March 2016, surveys and interviews with 1,250 people throughout the region told us what their levels of satisfaction were with their local environments.  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. 

More information

When this indicator is updated

This indicator is updated every three years. The next update is due in 2019.

Contact at Waikato Regional Council

Social Scientist - Science and Strategy Directorate

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