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Glossary

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Glossary

Click on a word in the following list to see its definition.

Fertiliser

Fertiliser is defined in the Regional Plan for Discharges to Land as: means any substance that is suitable for sustaining or increasing the growth, productivity or quality of plants by the provision of essential nutrients, provided the substance is free from human faecal matter and any pathogens.

Flood hazard

The potential for damage to property or persons due to flooding.

Floodplain

The portion of a river valley, adjacent to the river channel, with can be covered with water when the river overflows during floods.

Floodway

Floodway is defined in the Regional Freshwater Plan as: in relation to the Lower Ruamahanga River, the Waiohine River and the Hutt River, means land that is not in the bed of a river, which: Is shown in figure 10.3 of Appendix 10 as the River Corridor for the Lower Ruamahanga River; Is shown in figure 10.4 of Appendix 10 as the River Corridor for the Waiohine River; or Is described in Appendix 10 as the River Corridor for the Hutt River. The meaning of floodway was inserted by decisions Plan Change 1 to the Regional Freshwater Plan December 2002.

Foreshore

Foreshore is defined in the Resource Management Act as: any land covered and uncovered by the flow and ebb of the tide at mean spring tides and, in relation to any such land that forms part of the bed of a river, does not include any area that is not part of the coastal marine area.

Fresh water

Fresh water is defined in the Resource Management Act as: all water except coastal water and geothermal water.

Garbage

Garbage is defined in the Resource Management (Marine Pollution) Regulations, 1998 as: all kinds of victual, domestic, and operational waste, excluding fresh fish and parts thereof, generated during the normal operation of the ship or offshore installation and liable to be discharged continuously or periodically; but does not include oil, noxious liquid substances, and sewage. Note: oil, noxious liquid substances, and sewage are separately defined in the regulations.

Gravel extraction

The selective removal of surplus gravel, to both maintain optimum flood capacity without worsening bank erosion, and to correct misalignments and ease the flow pressure against eroding banks.

Groynes

Groynes are structures built perpendicular to the river bank to push the fast flowing water away from the bank edge. Groynes are constructed of rocks or trees and help to prevent erosion and maintain river alignment. Rock snub groynes are made of small boulders placed perpendicular to the flow. Typically, tree groynes are fallen trees with the butt end buried and anchored into the bank.

Habitable room

Habitable Room is defined in the Regional Coastal Plan as: in any of the categories of activity referred to in the definition of ‘noise sensitive activity’, means a space within a building that is commonly associated with domestic living, but excludes any bathroom, laundry, water-closet, pantry, walk-in wardrobe, corridor, hallway, lobby, clothes-drying room, any room in an early childhood centre not used for sleeping or other space of a specialised nature occupied neither frequently nor for extended periods of time.

Harmful substances

Harmful substances are defined in the Resource Management (marine pollution) Regulations 1998 as: The following substances are harmful substances for the purposes of the definition of the term “harmful substances” in section 2(1) of the [Resource Management] Act: (a) Petroleum in any form, including crude oil, fuel oil, sludge, oil refuse and refined petroleum products (other than petrochemicals which are noxious liquid substances); and includes the substances specified in Schedule 2: (b) Any substance specified in Schedule 1 and any mixture of those substances if carried in bulk in a ship: (c) Drainage and other wastes from any form of toilet, urinal, or toilet scupper on a ship or offshore installation: (d) Drainage from wash basins, wash tubs, and scuppers located in the dispensary, sick bay, or other medical premises of a ship or offshore installation: (e) Drainage from spaces on a ship or offshore installation containing living animals: (f) Waste water from a ship or offshore installation mixed with the drainage and waste specified in paragraph (c), (d), or (e): (g) All victual, domestic, and operational waste (other than fresh fish or parts of fresh fish) generated during the normal operations of a ship or offshore installation and liable to be discharged continuously or periodically. Schedules 1 and 2 are in the Resource Management (Marine Pollution) Regulations 1998. These were added by the Resource Management (Marine Pollution) Amendment Regulations 2002, which can be viewed online at The Knowledge Basket.

Hotel, motel or other accommodation activity

Hotel, Motel or Other Accommodation Activity is defined in the Regional Coastal Plan as: includes hotels, motels, or the use of premises where residential accommodation for five or more persons is offered at a daily tariff or other specified time.

Industrial or trade premises

Industrial or trade premises is defined in the Resource Management Act as: (a) Any premises used for any industrial or trade purposes; or (b) Any premises used for the storage, transfer, treatment, or disposal of waste materials or for other waste-management purposes, or used for composting organic materials; or (c) Any other premises from which a contaminant is discharged in connection with any industrial or trade process- but does not include any production land.

Industrial or trade process

Industrial or trade process is defined in the Resource Management Act as: Includes every part of a process from the receipt of raw material to the dispatch or use in another process or disposal of any product or waste material, and any intervening storage of the raw material, partly processed matter, or product.