1. rangatira

    Leaders. Traidtionally, Rangatira normally traced tuakana (senior) descent lines from the founding ancestors. They could also be those who exhibit qualities of excellence; mana, knowledge, wise-rule, prowess in war and generosity.

  2. rangatiratanga

    The right to exercise authority and self determination within ones own iwi/ hapū realm.

  3. rear access

    Where a building or site has additional access from an alternative frontage, whose location is secondary the principal entrance or address.

  4. rear lane

    A space at the rear of a property or set of properties that may accommodate vehicle access. A rear lane may also present an opportunity to build secondary units, often residential, above garaging adjoining the rear lane.

  5. restoration

    The active intervention and management of modified or degraded habitats, ecosystems, landforms and landscapes in order to restore indigenous natural character, ecological and physical processes and their cultural and visual qualities. For historic heritage: to return a place as nearly as possible to a known earlier state.

  6. rhythm (architectural)

    A common compositional technique in architecture that utilises repetition, be it rows of structure, a grid of openings, or the stacking of a material. Repetition in massing, bays, columns, windows, bricks (or other elements) can create rhythm across a façade.

  7. riparian corridors

    The zone between a river or stream, and an upland area. Both areas are home to many specialized plants and animals that respond to changes in aquatic and terrestrial influences, and which actually depend on this rapidly changing environment to function and survive.

  8. rohe


  9. rūnanga

    Governing council or administrative group of a Māori hapū or iwi

  10. runoff

    That part of the precipitation that appears in surface water bodies after travelling across land