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People’s dissatisfaction with the Queenstown Lakes District Council and councillors is palpable.

The Queenstown Lakes District Council’s fourth Quality of Life Survey, released last week, reveals how dismal things are, with just 25% satisfied with the council (down from 34%) and even fewer — 19% — satisfied with elected representatives (down from 33%).

In another down for the district, 20% of respondents rated their mental wellbeing as poor or very poor.

The survey was done in November last year.

Mayor Jim Boult was on sick leave last week and could not comment.

Deputy mayor Calum MacLeod and council chief executive Mike Theelen said the results were disappointing and highlighted the stresses and strains of Covid-19 on the community.

Te Hau Toka Southern Lakes Wellbeing Group’s February newsletter says 2022 is shaping up to be another challenging year and people should prioritise looking after themselves and their community.

‘‘Yes, it is disappointing. It is worth reflecting . . . A huge effort was put in by council to get Queenstown Lakes through the last two years. The Quality of Life survey is a one›off hit. It is definitely valid and definitely worthy of further investigation. I would suggest it is reflective of the times we are in,’’ Cr MacLeod said.

Cr MacLeod said one of the ‘‘glaring long tails for Covid’’ was underlying depression.

‘‘One can only imagine what it is like as a teen growing up in an environment of Covid, climate change and now Russia invading Ukraine. There’s not a lot of hope› springs›eternal news around . . . That long tail of Covid, of everyone being down, is going to take many moons to sort out,’’ he said.

The councillors would ‘‘absolutely analyse and discuss’’ the survey, he said.

Mr Theelan said there was ‘‘no denying the figures are disappointing’’, given work done to support the community through tough times.

Levels of dissatisfaction and unease were up across other sectors as well, he said.

‘‘I totally understand that people are feeling generally tired so that’s going to manifest itself in other areas,’’ he said.

Asked what he thought might be making people feel dissatisfied with the council’s work, Mr Theelen said ‘‘it’s no secret that there is a national and global shift in how some parts of society are feeling about local and central governments’’.

The survey will be repeated later this year.

Full results are on the council’s website.