Water fun becomes important survey topic

A major survey is under way to build a picture of where and how Taranaki people have fun and get their exercise at the region’s beaches, rivers and lakes.

The online survey at www.trc.govt.nz/survey2019 is open to anyone whose recreational pastimes involve the water in Taranaki: swimmers, sailors, surfers or anglers, or even those who enjoy biking, walking or picnicking at the coast or near rivers or lakes.

It’s the Taranaki Regional Council’s third major Recreational Use Survey and it has a vital purpose, says the Council’s Director-Environment Quality, Gary Bedford.

“We need to gauge where and how our beaches, rivers and lakes get the most recreational use, and how users are influenced by the amenities at their favourite haunts and the ease or otherwise of access,” he says.

“It helps us make sure our monitoring programmes are designed to provide information that’s useful to the greatest number of people. It will also provide a useful indication of the pressures on water resources at popular recreational spots, and whether these pressures are increasing.”

Mr Bedford says such survey data is important to the Council’s management of Taranaki’s freshwater and coastal resources. “So it’s an important survey, and we’re hoping for a good response from right across the region.”

Besides the satisfaction of providing valuable data, those completing the survey will go into a draw for two nights for two at The Lodge, Pukeiti, with complimentary breakfasts.

Go to www.trc.govt.nz/survey2019 to complete the survey. It takes seven to 10 minutes to complete, and runs until 15 May.