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Respondents to the 2021 Survey of Rural Decision Makers identified regulation as a significant cause of stress. We therefore updated the questionnaire in 2023 to include three key questions about rural regulation.

Banner: SRDM 2023

How do you feel about the regulations facing your property?

Arable and livestock farmers feel most negative about the regulations facing their properties. Horticulturalists and foresters are generally positive or neutral about the regulations they face.

Graphic: How do you feel about the regulations facing your property?

What types of regulations contribute most to stress in the rural community?

Regulations relating to climate change and the environment are the greatest source of stress for farmers and foresters. Employment and labour regulations cause the greatest stress among horticulturalists.

Graphic: What types of regulations contribute most to stress in the rural community?

What aspects of the regulatory environment do operations like yours struggle with the most?

Six out of ten respondents lack confidence in the people making regulations and struggle with regulations that don’t make sense to them. Farmers, foresters, and growers all agreed that these were the most problematic part of the regulatory environment.

Graphic: What aspects of the reculatory environment do operations like yours struggle with the most?

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About the survey

The Survey of Rural Decision Makers is a biennial survey of New Zealand’s primary sector conducted by Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research since 2013. In 2023, there were ~5,200 respondents representing commercial and lifestyle farms, forests, and growing operations from Cape Reinga to Rakiura.

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