Informed consent

Throughout New Zealand, a large number of community groups and regional councils use community volunteers to improve stream and land habitats for birds, reptiles, fish and insects, through extensive pest control, monitoring of wildlife and planting of native trees. These projects rely on the hard work of many volunteers. We are interested in determining the motivations of participants for volunteering, the benefits of their being involved and ways that their experience as a volunteer could be improved.

If you have any questions about our project, either now or in the future, please feel free to contact:

Jean S Fleming
Professor Emerita, The University of Otago
Team Leader, Stream replanting
The Kapiti Biodiversity Project
5 Hicks Crescent
Waikanae Beach
Kapiti Coast 5036
Phone 027 379 9798

This study has been approved by the University of Otago’s Centre for Science Communication. If you have any concerns about the ethical conduct of the research you may contact the University of Otago Human Ethics Committee through the Human Ethics Committee Administrator (ph 03 479-8256). Any issues you raise will be treated in confidence and investigated and you will be informed of the outcome.
By answering the questions below you indicate that you have agreed to take part in this project.

* 1. What environmental project do you PRIMARILY volunteer in?

* 2. What was the main reason(s) for you to become a volunteer in this environmental project?

* 3. What do you get out of being a volunteer? What are the benefits of being involved?

* 4. What are the major barriers to your volunteer work? Are there any ways that your experience as an environmental volunteer could be improved?

* 5. Do you volunteer for any other community groups?

* 6. Are you a member of any conservation, environmental or wildlife societies or organisations?

* 7. What is your gender?

* 8. What is your age?

* 9. What is your occupation?

* 10. What is your highest educational qualification? eg School Certificate, Higher School Certificate, NCEA, undergraduate study, Bachelor degree, postgraduate degree, other tertiary qualifications.

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