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Commonly Used Terms on our site

Here are some explanations of commonly used terms and acronyms used throughout this website.

  • AO

    • Audit Office, which checks council annual and long term plans and financial statements for compliance with legislation and standards of practice.
  • AHB
    • Animal Health Board
  • AEP
    • Annual Exceedance Probability (flooding term), the chance of a flood of a given size occurring in any one year
  • AQMS
    •  Air Quality Monitoring Strategy
  • Airshed
    • A defined geographic area where air pollution is monitored. This area is legally gazetted by the government.
  • BASS
    • Better Administrative Support Systems
  • Calicivirus
    • Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease
  • CCTO’s
    • Council Controlled Trading Organisations
  • CDEM
    • Civil Defence Emergency Management
  • Class Vie or Class VIIe
    • A measure of the gradient of the land, with Class VIIe being the steepest land with a high risk of eroding.
  • Clean Heat
    • HBRC’s insulation and clean heating funding assistance programme for homeowners
  • CMA
    • Coastal Marine Area
  • CPI
    • Consumer Price Index
  • DHB
    • District Health Board
  • DOC
    • Department of Conservation
  • ECAN
    • Environment Canterbury Regional Council
  • EECA
    • Energy Efficiency & Conservation Authority
  • ETS
    • Emissions Trading Scheme
  • Flood event
    • (or rainfall event) a period in which flood or rain is monitored for hazard warning
  • GDP
    • Gross Domestic Product
  • GMO
    • Genetically Modified Organism
  • Hapu
    • Maori sub-tribe
  • HBCDEM
    • Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence Emergency Management
  • HBRC
    • Hawke’s Bay Regional Council
  • HBRIC
    • Hawke’s Bay Regional Investment Company
  • HDC
    • Hastings District Council
  • HPFCS
    • Heretaunga Plains Flood Control Scheme
  • HPUDS
    • Heretaunga Plains Urban Development Strategy
  • IRR
    • Internal Rate of Return
  • ISO
    • International Organisation for Standardisation
  • Iwi
    • Maori tribe
  • Kaitiaki
    • Maori term for guardianship
  • Kyoto Protocol
  • LAPP
    • Local Authority Protection Programme
  • LGA
    • Local Government Act
  • LGOIMA
    • Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987
  • LOS
    • Level of Service
  • LTCCP
    • Long Term Council Community Plan – former name for Ten Year Plan or Long Term Plan
  • LTP
    • Long Term Plan, a 10 year plan required to be produced every 3 years by all councils in New Zealand
  • McLean Scale
    • A method for measuring populations of rabbits on land
  • MAF
    • Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry
  • MTA
    • Maritime Transport Act 1994
  • MTI
    • Maungaharuru-Tangitu Iwi Incorporated, the mandated body for several hapu in the Tangoio, Tutira, and Maungaharuru areas
  • MoU
    • Memorandum of Understanding
  • NCC
    • Napier City Council
  • NES
    • National Environmental Standard
  • NGO
    • Non Government Organisation
  • NZ GAAP
    • New Zealand Generally Accepted Accounting Practice
  • NZ IFRS
    • New Zealand equivalents to International Reporting Standards
  • NZTA
    • New Zealand Transport Agency
  • NZCPS
    • New Zealand Coastal Policy Statement
  • PCA
    • Possum Control Area
  • PIF
    • Performance Improvement Framework
  • PM10
    • Particulate matter of 10 microns in size. This is very fine material (in dust , smoke or sea spray) which can get into people’s lungs and cause respiratory illness. Air quality monitoring measures the amount of PM10 in the air
  • PONL
    • Port of Napier Limited
  • Rainfall event
    • (or flood event) a period in which flood or rain is monitored for hazard warning
  • RCEP
    • Regional Coastal Environment Plan
  • Rates
    • Please refer to Targeted Rates, UAGC and UAC
  • RID
    • Rating Information Database
  • RHD
    • Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease - also known as calicivirus
  • RLS
    • Regional Landcare Scheme
  • RLTS
    • Regional Land Transport Strategy
  • RMA
    • Resource Management Act
  • RPMS
    • Regional Pest Management Strategy
  • RRMP
    • Regional Resource Management Plan
  • RSAP
    • Regional Safety Action Plan
  • SOE
    • State of the Environment
  • SOI
    • Statement of Intent
  • Targeted Rates
    • Rates set against particular properties, to fund activities specific to that area
  • Tb or TB
    • [Bovine] Tuberculosis, an infectious disease of cattle
  • Telemetry
    • Device that can automatically transmit and record various monitoring information, such as water use and soil moisture levels
  • TLA
    • A territorial local authority – a legal term for a city or district council
  • Total Control
    • Management level for plant or animal pests
  • UAC
    • Uniform Annual Charge, a targeted rating method where a fixed amount is charged on each property within a specific area
  • UAGC
    • Uniform Annual General Charge, a fixed amount charged on each property
  • Vector control
    • Pest control to prevent the spread of disease by ‘vectors’ or carriers ( i.e. TB Vector control )
  • VTR
    • Voluntary Targeted Rate

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