“(1) In this Part, unless the context requires another meaning,—
“Auckland has the same meaning as in section 4(1) of the Local Government (Auckland Council) Act 2009
“Auckland combined plan means the combined document described by section 122
“Auckland Council or Council—
“chairperson means the chairperson of the Hearings Panel
“coastal marine area has the meaning given by section 2(1) of the RMA
“Hearing means the overall process undertaken by the Hearings Panel under this Part
“hearing session means a particular session at which submissions are heard by the Hearings Panel as part of the Hearing
“Hearings Panel or Panel means the Hearings Panel established by section 161
“Independent Māori Statutory Board means the board established by Part 7 of the Local Government (Auckland Council) Act 2009
“member, in relation to the Hearings Panel, includes the chairperson
“Ministry means the Ministry for the Environment
“proposed plan means the proposed Auckland combined plan prepared by the Auckland Council in accordance with sections 121 to 126
“requiring authority means—
“RMA means the Resource Management Act 1991
“submitter includes a person representing a submitter
“working day has the meaning given by section 2(1) of the RMA.
“(2) Unless the context requires another meaning, references in this Part, whether express or implied, to a district plan for Auckland mean the plan for the district excluding the geographic area to which the Hauraki Gulf Islands section of the district plan of the former Auckland City Council applies (which, as a proposed plan, was notified on 18 September 2006 and amended by decisions notified on 4 May 2009).
“(3) Unless the context requires another meaning, a term or expression used and not defined in this Part, but defined in the RMA, has the same meaning as in that Act.