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Tauranga City Plan

Definitions - P

Updated 2 December 2017


Means a building in which horticultural produce is packed for sale. 


Means development by tangata whenua of land held under the Te Ture Whenua Maori Act (1993), in the traditional rohe of those tangata whenua and developed for residential, social, cultural, economic, conservation and recreation activities.

parking impact fee

A financial contribution toward the construction of carparking facilities in lieu of the physical provision of onsite carparking.

pedestrian environment street

Means a road, specifically identified in the Plan Maps (Part B) where there is a focus on creating a pleasant pedestrian environment supported by rules of the Plan

permanently flowing river or stream

Includes both the modified and unmodified watercourses with a defined channel and banks which are subject to year-round flowing water of the:

  1. Wairoa River;
  2. Waiorohi Stream and associated tributaries;
  3. Waimapu Stream and associated tributaries;
  4. Kopurererua Stream and associated tributaries;
  5. Kaitemako Stream;
  6. Waitao Stream and associated tributaries;
  7. Arateka Stream;
  8. Puketanui Stream and associated tributaries;
  9. Waioraka Stream and associated tributaries;
  10. Kaituna River;
  11. Those unnamed rivers/streams. as identified in Diagram 14, Section 5 of Part B (Plan Maps).

pig farming

The keeping of pigs for commercial purposes and includes:

  1. Intensive pig farming - the keeping of pigs within buildings, or at a stocking density which precludes ground cover being maintained;
  2. Extensive pig farming - the keeping of all stock in paddocks with ground cover maintained commensurate with surrounding properties, and only relocatable shelters used. 

places of worship

Land or buildings used for public or private religious worship, religious ceremonies, religious meetings or instruction and social gatherings directly related to the work of the religious organisation. They include ancillary administration facilities and ancillary community support services, (including schools, tertiary education premises and health centres).

the plan

This Tauranga City Plan, the Objectives, Policies and Rules (Part A), and the Plan Maps (Part B).

plan area

Means an area of the Plan where special rules apply based on the particular resource management issues associated with a defined geographic area. These Plan Areas are identified in the key of Part B (Plan Maps), and include the:

  1. Coastal Hazard Erosion Plan Area and Coastal Protection Plan Area;
  2. High Voltage Transmission Plan Area;
  3. Scheduled Sites;
  4. Commercial Plan Areas;
  5. High Rise Plan Area;
  6. Medium Rise Plan Area;
  7. Flood Hazard Plan Area;
  8. Special Ecological Areas;
  9. Outstanding Natural Features and Landscapes and Important Amenity Landscape Plan Areas;
  10. KiwiRail Reverse Sensitivity Plan Area;
  11. NZTA (New Zealand Transport Agency) Reverse Sensitivity Plan Area. 

port activity

Activities necessary to the operation of the Port of Tauranga including:

  1. Handling, storage, processing, consignment and transportation of cargo;
  2. Construction, maintenance or repair of Port operational facilities;
  3. Port offices and personnel facilities;
  4. Navigational aids and equipment.

And also includes industrial activities that for operational purposes require location near the Port, including:

  1. Commercial fishing facilities;
  2. Marine storage, repair, servicing and maintenance facilities.

Note: This definition addresses a collection of activities and some of these are covered by terms that are defined elsewhere in the Plan. 

potentially contaminated land

Any location for which there are reasonable grounds to suspect that contamination of land may have occurred, based on information about past land uses at that location, or on evidence from or near the land itself. Past land uses that may lead to contamination are outlined in the Ministry for the Environment’s Hazardous Activities and Industries List (HAIL) appended to Chapter 9 - Hazardous Substances and Contaminated Land. Potentially contaminated land includes land that is classified in the Bay of Plenty Regional Council’s Selected Land Use Register as Verified Site History and Unverified Site History of HAIL.

practicably moved

The activity, building (including foundations) or structure is able to be physically moved clear of the Coastal Hazard Erosion Plan Area within a 10 working day period (as defined in the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA)), from the start of such relocation activity, by way of a removal truck, a roller or rail system or crane, and that access can be gained to the site to move the building, to the satisfaction of Council.

Note: The abandonment and/or total demolition and removal of debris of the activity, building or structure does not meet the definition of "practicably moved".  

primary production

Any of the following activities, whether singularly or in combination, for commercial gain or exchange:

  1. The cultivation of land;
  2. The keeping, maintenance and farming of animals and birds (including poultry) for the production of meat, fibre, or other animal-derived produce (including offspring);
  3. Aquaculture (fish farming and hatcheries, shellfish farming, seaweed gathering and processing);
  4. Horticulture (including all forms of fruit, vegetable, flower, seed, or grain crop farming). 

primary street frontage

Means the street frontage of a site that is the highest order road as determined by the roading hierarchy of the Plan, or where frontages have the same status under the hierarchy that frontage that is dominant in terms of pedestrian movements.

principal building

The predominant building on a site in terms of size, scale and/or the activity located within that building being a primary function on the site, as distinct to an ancillary building.  

principal independent dwelling unit

In the context of the development of a secondary independent dwelling unit is the independent dwelling unit on the site to which the secondary independent dwelling unit is ancillary. 

produce stall

Any building or part of a building from which goods are sold or offered for sale, being produce grown on the site or goods manufactured on the site on which it is located. 

public amenities

Is for the purpose of Chapter 11 – Financial Contributions and means facilities, open spaces, plazas, libraries, halls, community centres and the like provided for public use, recreation and enjoyment.

public floor area (PFA)

The sum of any internal floor area of a building freely accessible to the general public or patrons and measured from the inside of exterior walls. It includes toilet and ablution facilities, defined on-site external areas intended for occupation by the public such as outdoor dining/bar facilities and display areas, but excludes space occupied by internal walls, lift shafts, hallways and stairwells, carparking areas, vehicular loading and unloading areas, fire exits, and any area for which access is restricted solely to employees or operators of the premises. 

public recreational facilities and activities


  1. Skateboard bowls and outdoor skate parks;
  2. Boat ramps, jetties and boat-launching facilities;
  3. Playing fields, sports grounds, hard courts, greens and golf courses;
  4. Structures such as goal posts, cricket nets, fences and other similar structures which are ancillary to and used in conjunction with playing fields, sports grounds, hard courts, greens and golf courses;
  5. Lighting, including support structures;

for the use and enjoyment of the public. 

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