What we’re worried about
Traffic, air pollution, and loss of heritage sites are among worries for Aucklanders highlighted in an annual environmental survey.
The Auckland Regional Council study shows most residents are concerned about the state of the region’s environment.
Traffic congestion was the top worry, followed by air pollution.
Loss of heritage sites was causing significantly more concern than last year. Council social research coordinator Alison Reid says half of those surveyed felt they knew more about the environment, heritage and biodiversity than three years ago.
“Increased awareness may be a factor in this increase in concern,” she says.
The annual phone survey of 1600 residents aims to monitor perceptions and awareness of the natural and built environment, and of the council’s services.
Other results showed half the participants were unhappy with their access to public transport.
More than two-thirds felt the Rugby World Cup would benefit Auckland through economic spin-offs and the development of roads and other facilities.
Those surveyed also had more confidence in the regional council, and felt they had more say in decisions than in previous years.