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Glossary

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Glossary

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

Lake

Lake is defined in the Resource Management Act as: a body of fresh water which is entirely or nearly surrounded by land.

Land

Land is defined in the Resource Management Act as: includes land covered by water and the air space above land.

Ldn

Ldn is defined in the Regional Coastal Plan as: Means the A-frequency-weighted day-night average sound level in decibels measured in accordance with the requirements of NZS 6801:1999 Measurement of Sound and NZS 6809:1999 Port Noise Management and Land Use Planning.

Leq

Leq is defined in the Regional Coastal Plan as: Means the A-frequency-weighted time-average sound level in decibels measured in accordance with the requirements of NZS 6801:1999 Measurement of Sound and NZS 6809:1999 Port Noise Management and Land Use Planning.

Lmax

Lmax is defined in the Regional Coastal Plan as: Means the A-frequency-weighted maximum sound level in decibels measured in accordance with the requirements of NZS 6801:1999 Measurement of Sound and NZS 6809:1999 Acoustics – Port Noise Management and Land Use Planning.

Maintenance dredging

Maintenance dredging is defined in the Regional Coastal Plan as - Maintenance dredging means any dredging of the bed of the sea necessary to maintain water depths to previously approved levels, for the safe and convenient navigation of vessels, in navigation channels and at berthing and mooring facilities, including marina developments.

Meander

The natural wave-like pattern of a river on a floodplain.

Noise Sensitive Activity

Noise Sensitive Activity is defined in the Regional Coastal Plan as: Any residential activity; Any early childhood education centre; Any hotel, motel or other accommodation activity.

Non-complying activity

Non-complying activity is defined in the Resource Management Act 1991 as: an activity described in section 77B(5). Section 77B(5) of the Resource Management Act 1991 is: If an activity is described in this Act, regulations, or a plan or proposed plan as a non-complying activity - (a) a resource consent is required for the activity; and (b) the consent authority may grant the resource consent with or without conditions or decline the resource consent." Explanation (not part of the definition) A resource consent is required for these activities and the Plan sets out the information required with the application. This category includes activities which a rule specifies as non-complying as well activities that contravene a rule in a plan. These activities are not prohibited. When making a decision on a resource consent application for a non-complying activity, section 104D provides that the Council may only grant the consent if it is satisfied that either - (a) the adverse effects of the activity on the environment (other than any effect to which section 104(3)(b) applies) will be minor; or (b) the application is for an activity that will not be contrary to the objectives and policies of - (i) the relevant plan, if there is a plan but no proposed plan in respect of the activity; or (ii) the relevant proposed plan, if there is a proposed plan but no relevant plan in respect of the activity; or (iii) both the relevant plan and the relevant proposed plan, if there is both a plan and a proposed plan in respect of the activity. Usually activities described as non-complying will have more than minor adverse effects. Where that is the case a permit can only be granted if paragraph (b) is satisfied.

Non-structural measures

Non-structural measures focus on keeping people away from floodwaters and helping the community cope when flooding occurs. Non-structural measures are in some parts voluntary and need the cooperation of the community to be effective. They include community awareness, emergency plans, house raising and flood-proofing properties, appropriate land-use in flood prone areas and catchment management such as reforestation to reduce runoff. Non-structural measures are vital when flood defences fail and communities face the full forces of the flood hazard.

Noxious liquid substances

Noxious liquid substances is defined in the Resource Management (Marine Pollution) Regulations 1998 as: Means any substance specified in Schedule 1; and includes any mixtures of those substances. Schedule 1 of the Resource Management (Marine Pollution) Regulations 1998 can be viewed online at The Knowledge Basket.

Occupy

Occupy is defined in section 12 (4)(a) of the Resource Management Act as: Means the activity of occupying any part of the coastal marine area- (i) Where that occupation is reasonably necessary for another activity; and (ii) Where it is to the exclusion of all or any class of persons who are not expressly allowed to occupy that part of the coastal marine area by a rule in a regional coastal plan and in any relevant proposed regional coastal plan or by a resource consent; and (iii) For a period of time and in a way that, but for a rule in the regional coastal plan and in any relevant proposed regional coastal plan or the holding of a resource consent under this Act, a lease or licence to occupy that part of the coastal marine area would be necessary to give effect to the exclusion of other persons, whether in a physical or legal sense.

Oil

Oil is defined in the Resource Management (Marine Pollution) Regulations, 1998 as - 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. This definition applies to activities restricted in the Resource Management (Marine Pollution) Regulations, 1998. Refer to Schedule 2, substances classified as oil, in the Resource Management (Marine Pollution) Regulations, 1998.