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Summary Search
rma.net summarize the beginning of all documents. The summary includes:

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Parties' names Court Composition of Court (i.e. Judges and Commissioners names) Legislation The type of proceeding

Search Tips TIP: Search by as few words as possible To find: B K TUSTIN, M TUSTIN, J COE, K COE, RENNIE FAMILY TRUST, J McGUIRE & L McGUIRE v QUEENSTOWN LAKES DISTRICT COUNCIL Select one name e.g. McGuire Type: No results? - try an alternative spelling: McGuire, MacGuire = M*Guire; (* is a wildcard) Type: Other known mis-spellings include: Vodafone, Vodaphone = Voda*; Jaques, Jacques = Ja*ques; Patterson, Paterson, Pattison = Pat*son; Mc…, Mac… = M*…; Documents from the Courts do, occasionally, contain spelling mistakes or errors. We do not correct them as this could cause further problems. If a search does not return a result try using an * as shown or use a different keyword. In the above example “Tustin”, “Coe” or “Rennie” are alternatives. To find: A110/01 Type: No Results? Type: A110/01 A110/2001 M*Guire McGuire

Too many results? Narrow it down a little with AND OR NOT To find a decision involving Telecom and the Queenstown District Council Type: Too many results? Type: Telecom and Queenstown not Transpower Telecom and Queenstown

To find a decision involving a telecommunications company and the Wellington City Council Telstra or Voda* or Telecom and Wellington

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To find a decision involving a telecommunications company and the Wellington City Council but not involving Transpower Telstra or Voda* or Telecom and Wellington not Transpower

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If you are looking for a decision involving Judge Allin and the Waitakere City Council Type: Allin and Waitakere

Document Full Text Search
Search for words or phrases occurring within decisions. Search Tip  Symbols such as * or , or () or [] are used by the search engine as wildcards and special symbols To find all documents referencing Ngawha Springs Type: Select: This will offer several documents Click on the document you wish to open To find the actual text use the picture of the binoculars on the Adobe task bar (rather than the browser's "find") Type: To find a decision involving Quarries or Landfills with an effects of noise and dust Type: (Note: Quarries has been abbreviated to "quarr*" to include Quarry and Quarries) Select: This will offer several documents Click on the document you wish to open To find the actual text use the picture of the binoculars on the Adobe task bar (rather than the browser's "find") Type: (Pick one of the words eg. “Effect”) To find words in a decision involving brackets Eg. Section (A) subsection [1] Type: Notes: - Court inconsistencies include: section 5, s.5, s5, s 5, s. 5 - For other special characters - see the Literals search tips Note: Any handwritten text or numbers and any text overwritten by a stamp or handwriting will not be in a readable format. In addition, some decisions have been scanned from very poor quality photocopies. These often contain portions of text that is not in a readable format. Nonetheless, the vast bulk of the text on over 50,000 pages (as at August 2002) is available for searching. Section *A* subsection *1* Effect (quarr* and landfill) and (effect and noise and dust) "Full Text Search" Ngawha Ngawha "Full Text Search"

Wildcard Search
Wildcard ? Description Question. Specifies any single alphanumeric character. Asterisk. Specifies zero or more alphanumeric characters. Avoid using the asterisk as the first character in a search string. Asterisk is ignored in a set, [] or an alternative pattern {}. Square brackets. Specifies one of any character in a set, as in "sl[iau]m" which locates "slim," "slam," and "slum." Square brackets indicate an implied OR. Curly braces. Specifies one of each pattern separated by a comma, as in "hoist{s, ing, ed}" which locates "hoists," "hoisting," and "hoisted." Curly braces indicate an implied AND. Caret. Specifies one of any character not in the set as in "sl[^ia]m" which locates "slum" but not "slim" or "slam." Hyphen. Specifies a range of characters in a set as in "c[a-r]t" which locates every word beginning with "c," ending with "t," and containing any letter from "a" to "r."

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Literal Search
Wildcards e.g. the name has a * in it Character \\* \? Description To match a literal asterisk To match a question mark or other wildcard character

Special Characters The following non-alphanumeric characters must be preceded by a backslash character (\) in a search string (An alternative is replace them with an asterisk - * ): Character \, \( or \) \" \\ \@ \{ \[ \< \' Description Comma (,) a comma without the backslash is treated as "OR", not a comma Left and right parentheses () Double quotation mark (") Backslash (\) At sign (@) Left curly brace ({) Left bracket ([) Less than sign (<) Back quote (' )

Advanced Search Terms Many of the following words require <> around them. Exceptions are AND OR NOT Concept operators AND OR Selects documents that contain all of the search elements you specify. Selects documents that show evidence of at least one of the search elements you specify. Selects documents that include at least one of the search elements you specify. Documents are ranked based on the number of search elements found.

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Search modifiers NOT Used to exclude documents that contain the specified word or phrase. Used only with the AND and OR operators. Java <AND> programming <NOT> coffee Used to specify that the search elements must occur on the same order in which they were specified in the query. Can be used with the following operators: <PARAGRAPH> <SENTENCE> <NEAR/N> Place the <ORDER> modifier before any operator: <ORDER><PARAGRAPH> ("server", "Java")

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Proximity operators Selects documents containing specified search terms. The closer the search terms are to one another within a document, the higher the document's score. The document with the smallest possible region containing all search terms always receives the highest score. Documents whose search terms are not within 1000 words of each other are not selected. Selects documents containing two or more search terms within N number of words of each other, where N is an integer between 1 and 1024 where NEAR/1 searches for two words that are next to each other. <NEAR/N> The closer the search terms are within a document, the higher the document's score. You can specify multiple search terms using multiple instances of NEAR/N as long as the value of N is the same: commute <NEAR/10> bicycle <NEAR/10> train <NEAR/10> <PARAGRAPH> Selects documents that include all of the words you specify within the same paragraph. To search for three or more words or phrases, you must use the PARAGRAPH operator between each word or phrase. Selects documents that include a phrase you specify. A phrase is a grouping of two or more words that occur in a specific order. Examples of phrases: mission oak "mission oak" mission <PHRASE> oak <PARAGRAPH> (mission, oak) Selects documents that include all of the words you specify within the same sentence. Examples: jazz <SENTENCE> musician <SENTENCE> (jazz, musician)

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