Wanted: Water lovers

Swimmers, sailors, surfers and anglers are being lured in so they can share their opinions on Taranaki’s beaches, rivers and lakes.

A major regional survey is hoping to build a picture of all the ways Taranaki people have fun and get their exercise while splashing the day away.

The online survey is open to anyone whose recreational pastimes involve the water in Taranaki, or even those who enjoy biking, walking or picnicking at the coast or near rivers or lakes.

Taranaki Regional Council’s director of environment quality Gary Bedford says the survey has a vital purpose.

“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.”

Bedford says the survey will provide valuable data and council is hoping for a good response, from across the region.

Survey respondents also go in the draw for two nights for two at The Lodge, Pukeiti, including breakfasts.