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


Upgrade is defined in the Regional Soil Plan as: Upgrade of an existing road or track means an increase in the road or track width by undertaking earthworks on the batter that extends the road or track width by greater than 20% of the existing width, within any 12 month period.

Vegetation disturbance

Vegetation Disturbance is defined in the Regional Soil Plan as: the clearance or destruction of vegetation by physical/ mechanical or chemical means and includes logging, felling or harvesting of trees and the burning of vegetation. Vegetation disturbance does not include: Vegetation disturbance associated with a roading or tracking activity or a soil disturbance activity; Root raking; Grazing or cutting of grass; Pruning, thinning or layering; Plant pests (as identified in Table 2 of the Regional Pest Plant Management Strategy, Wellington Region 1996-2001 (WRC/WA-G-96/38)) cut by hand; The trimming of vegetation (for example along existing private and public roads, railway lines, and under or over a public utility network, or within public reserves and land held under the Conservation Act 1987); The removal of vegetation for the purposes of creating a building site; Vegetation disturbance undertaken by a mine or quarry operation which either had a currently valid mining licence, or was lawfully established at 26 April 1997 (the date the Regional Soil Plan was publicly notified); or Spraying of annual pasture weeds and all thistles, including biannual thistles. . Note: The spray application of agrichemicals is addressed in the Regional Air Quality Management Plan for the Wellington Region.


Water is defined in the Resource Management Act as: (a) water in all its physical forms whether flowing or not and whether over or under the ground: (b) Includes fresh water, coastal water, and geothermal water: (c) Does not include water in any form while in any pipe, tank, or cistern.

Water body

Water body is defined in the Resource Management Act as: Fresh water or geothermal water in a river, lake, stream, pond, wetland, or aquifer, or any part thereof, that is not located within the coastal marine area.

Wet abrasive blasting

Wet abrasive blasting is defined in the Regional Air Quality Management Plan as: Abrasive blasting involving the use of high-pressure water as the blasting medium.


This includes permanently or intermittently wet areas, shallow water and land water margins that support a natural ecosystem of plants and animals adapted to wet conditions.

Working day

Working day is defined in the Resource Management Act. Working day means any day except: (a) a Saturday, a Sunday, Good Friday, Easter Monday, Anzac Day, Labour Day, the Sovereign's birthday, and Waitangi Day; and (b) a day in the period beginning on 20 December in any year and ending with 10 January in the following year.