Glossary

Find out what terms and acronyms mean within Housing New Zealand Corporation

 ABP
Acronym for: Automatic Bank Payment
 ACC
Acronym for: Accident Compensation Corporation
 Accommodation Supplement
Income-related rent (IRR) has replaced all accommodation assistance paid to state house tenants and their partners prior to December 2000.
 ACM
Acronym for: Auckland City Mission
 Acts of Nature
Housing New Zealand Corporation will meet the cost of repar for this damage:

- wind
- storm
- earthquake
- landslip
- subsidence
- flooding
 Annual Rent Reviews
Each year around the anniversary of the tenancy start date, the tenant will be advised of the property market rent and invited to apply for an income-related rent.
 AOG
Acronym for: All of Government
 Applicant
A person who will be a signatory to a Housing New Zealand Corporation tenancy agreement.
 Auckland
This is determined by the Auckland Super City Council boundary.
 Boarder
Income received from boarders/flatmates must be indicated in the Income-Related Rent application form under 'other people living at your rental property'.
Boarder/flatmate payments will be ignored if there are only one or two boarders. Where there are more than two boarders, the two highest payers will not be included in the calculation of Income-Related Rent.
 Bond
The amount, usually equal to two weeks' Income-Related Rent, that is paid by the customer after accepting an offer of a property. The bond is not held by Housing New Zealand Corporation but is held by the Bond Centre and is released or claimed when the tenancy ends. If the customer's account is up to date the bond may be refunded. If money is owed by the customer for either rent or damages it may be claimed by Housing New Zealand Corporation.
 Bond Centre
The Tenancy Services Centre for the processing of all Tenancy Bonds
 BRANZ
Acronmy for: Building Research Association New Zealand
 CAB
Acronym for: Citizens Advice Bureau
 CEO
Acronym for: Chief Executive Officer
 Change of Circumstances
When a tenant's household or income circumstances change at any time during the year they must apply for a reassessment of their Income-Related Rent.
 Chattel
Usually fittings such as carpet, drapes, etc. and not a fixture which is an integral part of the dwelling structure.
 CHRANZ
Acronym for: Centre for Housing Research Aotearoa New Zealand
 Code compliance certificate
A code compliance certificate is a certificate under the Building Act that shows that building work has been completed against an application of a building consent - you have built what you have said you would build.
 Community Group Housing
Provides properties and assistance in gaining access to houses to groups who support people in the community.
Acronum: CGH
 Community Renewal
A partnership between Housing New Zealand Corporation and people living and working in the renewal areas to promote safe, healthy and confident communities.
 Complying fund
A registered employer sponsored superannuation scheme which allows members to choose to lock in 2 percent, 4 percent or 8t percent of their salary into an account which can only be accessed on the same terms as for a KiwiSaver Scheme. The member may also continue to contribute to an unlocked account. You do not get a $1,000 kick start contribution from the Government when you sign up.
 Cross-lease (freehold and leasehold) title
Ownership of the land is shared and each owner leases their house from the other landowners. The cross lease agreement outlines the rights and obligations of the each owner.
 DBH
Acronym for: Department of Building and Housing
 Dependant Child
These are children who are not working full time (more than 30 hours a week) and not receiving a benefit, student allowance or other government assistance and who are:

- 17 years or younger
- 18 years and still at secondary school or a tertiary institution
 DPMC
Acronym for: Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet
 DWI
Acronym for: Department of Work and Income
 Eligibility Criteria
The Government housing policy requirements that must be met when allocating rental housing. This includes testing of residency status, income, assets and the presence of housing need.
 Energy Efficiency Programme
A 10-15 year project to improve the living environment of all Housing New Zealand Corporation homes built before 1977 (approximately 42,000).
 Eviction
A situation where a bailiff (officer of the court) has been involved in obtaining the departure of a tenant and vacant possession of the property for Housing New Zealand Corporation. This may only be performed after an order has been obtained from the Tenancy Tribunal and the Chief Executive (CEO) of Housing New Zealand Coproration has approved the eviction of the customer.