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Population Surveys

The aim of the Issues of Health and Wellbeing 2016 Population Survey was to increase our understanding of  what people in the Bay of Plenty and Lakes areas think about a number of issues related to public health.

In this survey, 841 people from across the Western Bay of Plenty, Eastern Bay of Plenty, Rotorua and Taupo areas have provided their views on issues related to public health including:

  • rheumatic fever prevention;

  • smokefree environments and reducing tobacco use;

  • alcohol marketing and outlet licensing;

  • and nutrition;

  • reducing sugary drink consumption;

  • environmental health;

  • housing conditions;

  • health promoting workplaces;

  • health promoting schools;

  • and walking, cycling and public transport. 

The results indicate strong public support for smokefree environments especially for places where children are present, such as children’s playgrounds and outside schools, but also for other public places such as bus stops, outdoor dining areas and at public events. A reassuring trend has been the growing awareness of rheumatic fever prevention and the importance of ensuring a child with a sore throat is checked by a doctor or nurse.  A particularly widespread public concern is childhood obesity prevention and the survey showed very strong support for reducing sugary drink consumption, having health warnings on sugary drinks and concern about marketing of unhealthy food and sugary drinks to children.

This work builds on the previous surveys undertaken by Toi Te Ora Public Health in 2008 and 2012 (see below).  The findings are of significant value in informing the planning of public health programmes and interventions and will be of interest to a number of agencies and community groups that work collectively to improve the health and wellbeing of our communities.


Previous Population Surveys

Issues of Health and Wellbeing - 2012 Population Survey Issues of Health and Wellbeing - 2008 Population Survey


Last modified: 06 Mar 2018
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