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access route

a continuous route that permits people and goods to move between the apron or construction edge of the building to spaces within a building, and between spaces within a building


having features to permit use by people with disabilities

accessible route

an access route usable by people with disabilities. It shall be a continuous route that can be negotiated unaided by a wheelchair user. The route shall extend from street boundary or carparking area to those spaces within the building required to be accessible to enable people with disabilities to carry out normal activities and processes within the building


means adequate to achieve the objectives of the building code

adjacent building

a nearby building, including an adjoining building, whether or not erected on other property


"has the meaning ascribed to it by section 4 of the Act as follows: meaning of allotment—
(1) In this Act, the term “allotment” means any parcel of land that is a continuous area of land and whose boundaries are shown on a survey plan that is: 
(a) subject to the Land Transfer Act 1952 and is comprised in one certificate of title or for which one certificate of title could be issued under that Act; or 
(b) not subject to that Act and was acquired by its owner under one instrument of conveyance. 
(2) For the purpose of subsection (1), the subdivision shown on the survey plan referred to in that subsection is: 
(a) the subdivision approved by way of a subdivision consent granted under the Resource Management Act 1991; or 
(b) the subdivision allowed or granted under any other Act. 
(3) For the purposes of subsection (1), an allotment shall be deemed to be a continuous area of land notwithstanding that part of it is physically separated from any other part by a road or in any other manner whatsoever, unless the division of the allotment into such parts has been allowed by a subdivision consent granted under the Resource Management Act 1991 or a subdivision approval under any former enactment relating to the subdivision of land


in relation to a building, includes to rebuild, re-erect, repair, enlarge and extend; and ALTERATION has a corresponding meaning


means an attribute of a building which contributes to the health, physical independence, and well being of the building’s users but which is not associated with disease or a specific illness

approved temperature data

means the temperature data contained in A I Tomlinson and J Sansom, Temperature Normals for New Zealand for the period 1961 to 1990 (NIWA, ISBN 0478083343)


backcountry hut

means a building that—
(a) is located on land that is administered by the Department of Conservation for conservation, recreational, scientific, or other related purposes, including any land administered under any of the following:
(i) the Conservation Act 1987:
(ii) the National Parks Act 1980:
(iii) the Reserves Act 1977; and
(b) is intended to provide overnight shelter to any person who may visit and who carries his or her own food, bedding, clothing, and outdoor equipment; and
(c) contains only basic facilities, which may include (but are not limited to) any or all of the following:
(i) sleeping platforms or bunks:
(ii) mattresses:
(iii) food preparation surfaces:
(iv) appliances for heating:
(v) appliances for cooking:
(vi) toilets; and
(d) has been certified by the Director-General as being in a location that wheelchair users are unlikely to be able to visit; and
(e) is intended to be able to sleep—
(i) no more than 20 people in its backcountry hut sleeping area; and
(ii) no more than 40 people in total; and
(f) does not contain any connection, except by radiocommunications, to a network utility operator

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