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A decade of public perceptions of the New Zealand environment: a focus on water and its management

Hughey, Kenneth
Cullen, Ross
Kerr, Geoffrey
Conference Contribution - published
Fields of Research
ANZSRC::0502 Environmental Science and Management , ANZSRC::050205 Environmental Management
Six biennial public perception surveys of the environment have been completed at Lincoln University. The survey asks 2000 people their perceptions of the state of the New Zealand environment and its management. 2010 survey responses are analysed and compared with 2000 - 2008 surveys to identify trends and some key issues with freshwater in New Zealand. There is concern about the quality and management of lowland streams. Blame is increasingly placed on farming for damage to freshwaters. The challenge is how to match political response and policy development to the level of public concern about freshwater and its management.