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posted on 2024-06-21, 03:55 authored by Peter Edwards, Aysha Fleming, Justine Lacey, Libby Lester, Libby Pinkard, Katharina Ruckstuhl, Carel Bezuidenhout, Tim Payn, Karen Bayne, Tracy Williams
This research examines trust at the government, industry, community nexus, as mediated by media, and its effect on social licence to operate. Researchers attempted to understand levels and importance of trust in New Zealand's natural resource sectors by examining ways of building, maintaining and assessing public trust in a post-truth society. We surveyed 128 New Zealand public and held a stakeholder forum about perceptions of trust in relation to natural resource sectors. The results provide indications of novel advances around trust and trustworthiness. In contrast to other literature, we find a nuanced understanding of trust among respondents in relation to the media. Respondents distrusted actors cited in media more than the media outlet or platform itself. Further, our findings suggest there is no discernible change in trust levels in the media despite the rise of fake or emotionally-based news. First published as a think piece for Our Land and Water


Funded by the New Zealand Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment's Our Land and Water National Science Challenge (Toitū te Whenua, Toiora te Wai) as part of project Trust and Social Licence|Connecting Food Producers and Consumers


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Environmental Research Letters

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