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Climate change survey

This page provides the results of our survey to Hawke's Bay residents about their perceptions of climate change.

We wanted to find out Hawke’s Bay residents' attitudes and perceptions about climate change and potential barriers to taking action.

This research surveyed 836 people and was conducted between 6 July and 31 August 2020.

Find the full survey results here

What did you tell us?

  • 41% of people associated the Regional Council as the main organisation responsible for actions on climate change in Hawke’s Bay
  • 25% of residents believe climate change is one of the challenges facing New Zealand
  • Drinking water was of the highest concern, followed by economic struggles then climate change
  • 90% of people believe that climate change is already occurring
  • 62% of people are concerned about the impact of climate change in Hawke’s Bay
  • Drought is seen as the main negative outcome of climate change
  • 55% of residents were prepared to pay more in rates to minimise the impact of climate change
  • The most supported initiative that people were prepared to pay for was a reduction of carbon and erosion through tree planting (69%)
  • Concern for future generations was the main driving force for taking part in environmental actions
  • 80% of people said they have been moderately or greatly involved in environmental activities
  • Lack of alternatives or resources and cost were the two main cited barriers to engaging in environment related activities
  • The top four activities were recycling, reusable product purchases, energy saving household products, and composting
  • Two-thirds of residents do not think the Council is doing enough to prevent and reduce the impact of climate change
  • According to the community, climate change is most directly the result of population growth and waste, energy and transport, and industrial processes. Only 1 in 10 people surveyed think that agriculture is a key cause. Greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture to year end 2018 made up 70% of gross emissions for Hawke’s Bay (Stats NZ 2020).



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