A series of surveys have been undertaken to inform the work of the Stakeholder Working Group (SWG). Levels of detail in the surveys have kept pace with the level of detail the SWG is considering: as the SWG has narrowed its focus, so have the survey questions become more focussed and detailed.
The results from 1602 responses have been analysed and reported through to the SWG! Check out what you told us in the 'Our Gulf. Our Future. Your Voice.' summer survey.
View a summarised presentation of the results.
‘Our Gulf, Our Future, Your Voice’ was the message posted around the Gulf across the summer of 2014-2015. The wider public was invited to add their voice to the work of the Roundtables through six summer surveys – and 1602 respondents took the opportunity to do just that.
Designed to coincide with the busy holiday season in the Gulf, the Sea Change – Tai Timu Tai Pari survey round ran between 15 December 2014 and 26 January 2015. The six survey strands were matched to the Roundtable topics and based around the priority issues each Roundtable had identified.
Of the 1602 survey responses that came in, 85% of respondents lived in the Auckland area and 10% in the Waikato region – and a few from the South Island and Australia chipped in responses too!
Results were independently analysed, with the full survey report presented to the SWG on 2-3 February, alongside the Roundtable presentations as part of the ‘Voices of the Gulf’.
Six separate surveys were accessed through the project website, beginning on 15 December 2014. Some of those taking part completed a single survey, while others completed between two and six surveys. Respondents were encouraged to ‘add their voice’ on key issues.
What you told us
“Let’s educate people to value our Gulf and its waters; let’s build up our fish stocks, protect critical marine habitats and build a ‘blue highway’ network in the Hauraki Gulf/Tikapa Moana.”
Sounds simple – but it took 183 pages of detailed analysis to get to that sentence! Analysis of survey results was comprehensive and both a full survey report and a summary presentation are available. These two documents present the full survey results in context and the range and depth of responses make for very interesting reading.
Understanding people’s thoughts on the ‘action issues’ facing the Gulf is particularly important as the Stakeholder Working Group moves into the phase of developing solutions and writing the Hauraki Gulf Marine Spatial Plan. The surveys revealed support for the following.
- Increasing fish stocks by addressing sediment issues.
- Protection of critical marine habitats.
- Future construction of an improved water transport network as part of a ‘Blue Highway’ linking communities and enabling the economy.
- Increased education to improve the quality of water following into the Gulf. Locating marine farms away from ecologically significant areas.
- Educating people to value the Gulf more.
Thanks again to all those who took the time to complete a survey. Your input and insight is greatly appreciated and is of great value.
This initial ‘broadbrush’ qualitative survey was launched on 11 August 2014, at the request of the Stakeholder Working Group (SWG). The survey focused on the six topics under investigation by the SWG’s Roundtable working groups when the survey began – water quality and catchments, Hauraki Gulf fish stocks, biodiversity and biosecurity, aquaculture, infrastructure for the economies and communities of the Gulf, and accessible Gulf – plus the overarching themes of the ecology, economy and mauri of the Gulf. Since the survey began, a seventh Matauranga Maori Roundtable has been formed.
This survey was designed to feed community opinions and knowledge into the Roundtables during their active period of investigation and information-gathering. Responses were collated weekly and fed back to the relevant Roundtables.
A total of 104 surveys were received, some of them cumulative Love Our Gulf event entries. The results represent the views of approximately 175 individuals.
The survey closed on 12 December 2014. Results were fully analysed and have been reported through to the SWG to help them with their deliberations.
The Hauraki Gulf Use and Values Survey provides insight into the many ways the Gulf is used and valued by those who live, work and play there. It also increased awareness, engagement and inclusion in the Sea Change – Tai Timu Tai Pari marine spatial planning process; and generated a series of maps of the Gulf, showing areas people value and use for a variety of activities.
The survey also maps public perceptions of environmental health in the areas people value most.
The survey was undertaken by Rebecca Jarvis and Dr Barbara Bollard-Breen of AUT University as part of a broader PhD research project.
Those surveyed rated recreation as their top value (21% of value points), closely followed by scenery (20%), then conservation (9%), native species (9%), wilderness (6%), tourism (6%), community (6%), historical (6%), identity (5%), home (3%) and cultural (3%).
Participants identified 69 different uses of the Hauraki Gulf. The 10 most common were walking (10%), swimming (9%), exploring the beach/coast (7%), picnic/BBQ (6%), fishing from boats (5%), boating (5%), sunbathing/relaxing on the beach (5%), bird watching (4%), kayaking/canoeing (3%) and snorkelling (3%).
You can read a summarised survey report that was presented to the Accessible Gulf Roundtable to inform their work.