What are RAPID numbers?
Rural Address Property IDentification system or RAPID is a nationwide system for numbering rural properties. In essence, the RAPID number becomes the Property Address. This means that any previous number being used by a property owner/resident is no longer valid and needs to be replaced with the new RAPID number.
An example of how the number on the peg appears looks like this:
This translates to mean the property address is:
124 Arnold Valley Road
How RAPID numbers are allocated
The number itself is allocated based on a fairly simple system of measuring the distance along a road from the start to the property access/driveway. Every 20m length of road has two available possible numbers, one odd number for the left side, and one even number for the right side. The final number is then stuck onto a BLUE marker peg and installed at the driveway close to the boundary line or close to an existing mail box.
In developing this system Council staff considered various options for the exact format of the number as it appears on the final peg and came up with the following system. As you look at your RAPID number you will see a combination of four letters and four numbers, The four letters at the start are an abbreviation of the road name your property is on, eg ATAR = Atarau Road, ARVY = Arnold Valley Road etc. The numbers indicate the distance you are from the start of that road, eg 0012 = 120m, 0245 = 2.45km, 3241 = 32.41km. Leading zero's have been used to help identify if any numbers have come off a peg and aren't part of the final number.
Why use RAPID numbers?
In the past, there have been several numbering systems used on some of our main roads. This has caused problems for postal delivery and emergency services (Police, Fire and Ambulance), especially when you have "Main Road" being used for the road name and the numbers start and stop at each end of a town. In past towns like Kaiata, Dobson and Stillwater all had "Main Road" as the name used for the State Highway running through them, they also had individual numbering systems that started and stopped for the residential properties. That means they all had a "1 Main Rd", or a "6 Main Rd". This can cause great confusion especially when the emergency services dispatcher is in Christchurch and isn't familiar with our district.
With the new RAPID system if you were to (for example) request an ambulance to 462 State Highway 7 Dobson, the ambulance officers know to travel 4.62km from Greymouth towards Dobson and look for a blue peg with "S7DO 0462" on it. The new system has been devised in order to Save Time & Save Lives.
How do the local emergency services know where I live?
As part of the process of allocating all the numbers, we also have a GPS reading taken at all the properties we allocate numbers to. From that data we then begin a process of mapping the exact location of all the numbers we allocate into our Geographical Information System (GIS). This then enables us to create a program which we have since supplied to both Fire and Ambulance Services in Greymouth. (We haven't as yet come to any arrangements with the Police for access to the data, but are working on something).
That means that if you give the full details of the RAPID number to the call centre staff in Christchurch they can then relay that information to the local Fire or Ambulance officers who can then check their system to see exactly where you are. This is why it is very important for you to know what your number is.
Who asks for or uses RAPID numbers?
With the majority of the country now using some form of RAPID numbering system for properties, pretty much all the major service providers ask for and use RAPID numbers when responding to a service request. That includes the following: Telecom, Trustpower, Police, Fire, Ambulance, Registrar of Electors, NZ Post, LINZ, Stats NZ, Sky TV, some Real Estate Agents, some Couriers. And many more…
How do I go about getting a RAPID number?
To get a new RAPID number you will need to contact the Assets Management & Engineering Department of Council, phone 03 769 8611. Details you will need to have handy are:
- Valuation number
- Details of your section, ie Lot Number, DP Number, etc
- Location of your property
- Your contact details, ie phone number etc
We can then make up a peg and install it for you.
Who then gets notified?
Once we have allocated a new number we will then send a notification to LINZ (Land Information NZ) and GDC Rates Officer. Periodically we will also update the Fire and Ambulance systems.
If we have changed your existing number we will notify: NZ Post, Registrar of Electors, LINZ and GDC Rates Officer.
In past we have offered to notify Telecom and Trustpower as well but no longer do this as it causes too many problems - this is something that the bill payer needs to action.
What do the four letters at the start of the number mean?
Those four letters as mentioned earlier are an abbreviation of the road name. Instead of using the full name Council staff decided to use a logical abbreviation instead. Those abbreviations are listed below:
|Ahaura Kopara Rd = AHKO||Moonlight Rd = MNLT|
|Alcorn Rd = ALCN||Napoleon Street West = NAPO|
|Arnold Valley Rd = ARVY||Neilsons Rd = NEIL|
|Atarau Rd = ATAR||New River Rd = NWRV|
|Austin Rd = AUST||Nicholas Rd = NICH|
|Baty Place = BATY||Noname Rd = NONM|
|Bell Hill Rd = BELL||Notown Rd = NOTN|
|Blair Rd = BLAI||Ogilvie Rd = OGIL|
|Burke Rd = BURK||Omoto Valley Rd = OMOT|
|Caledonian Rd = CALE||Orwell Creek Rd = ORWE|
|Camerons Rd = CAME||Red Jacks Rd = RDJK|
|Camptown Rd = CAMP||Riverview Rd = RIVW|
|Cape Terrace Rd = CAPE||Roa Rd = ROAR|
|Cargill Rd = CARG||Rutherglen Rd = RTHG|
|Carters Rd = CART||Rutherglen New River Rd = RGNR|
|Cashmere Bay Rd = CASH||Saltwater Creek Rd = SALT|
|Centre Rd = CNTR||Sawmill Lane = SAWM|
|Clifton Rd = CLFT||School Drive = SCHD|
|Coopers Rd = COOP||Shellback Rd = SHLB|
|Coulson Rd = COUL||Sids Rd = SIDS|
|Craigieburn Rd = CRAG||Slaty Creek Rd = SLAT|
|Croesus Track Rd = CROE||Spring Creek Rd = SPCR|
|Dredge Rd = DRDG||Station Rd = STAT|
|Drennans Rd = DREN||Taramakau Settlement Rd = TRMK|
|Glen Rd = GLEN||Taylorville Rd = TYVL|
|Golden Sands Rd = GLDS||Taylorville Blackball Rd = TLVB|
|Goldtown Rd = GLDT||Trigon Rd = TRIG|
|Golf Links Rd = GLFL||Trigon Rd West = TRGW|
|Gows Creek Rd = GOWS||Waikori Rd = WAIK|
|Granville Rd = GVLL||Waipuna Rd = WAIP|
|Granville Rd West = GVLW||Waiwhero Rd = WAIW|
|Greymouth Kotuku Rd = GMKO||Wallace Rd = WLLC|
|Haupiri Rd = HAUP||Wallis Rd = WLLS|
|Heaphy Rd = HPHY||Warren Rd = WRRN|
|Hodgekinson Rd = HODG||Watterson Rd = WATT|
|Kamahi Place = KAMA||Welshmans Rd = WLSH|
|Kangaroo Creek Rd = KGCR||SHWY 6 Punakaiki = S6PU|
|Kellars Rd = KELL||SHWY 6 Barrytown = S6BA|
|Kotuku Bell Hill Rd = KOBH||SHWY 6 Coast Road = S6CR|
|Kumara Inchbonnie Rd = KMIN||SHWY 6 Rapahoe = S6RA|
|Lake Brunner Rd = LKBR||SHWY 6 Runanga = S6RU|
|Lake View Terrace = LKVW||SHWY 6 Coal Creek = S6CC|
|Lees Ferry Rd = LSFR||SHWY 7 Totara Flat = S7TF|
|Limestone Rd = LIME||SHWY 7 Ahaura = S7AH|
|Logburn Rd = LOGB||SHWY 7 Ngahere = S7NG|
|Maori Creek Rd = MAOC||SHWY 7 Stillwater = S7ST|
|Maori Gully Rd = MAOG||SHWY 7 Dobson = S7DO|
|Marsden Rd = MARS||SHWY 7 Kaiata = S7KI|
|Marsden New River Rd = MRNR||SHWY 7 Omoto = S7OM|
|Matai Rd = MATR||SHWY 6 Paroa = S6PA|
|McArthur Rd = MCAR||SHWY 6 Gladstone = S6GL|
|McLean Pit Rd = MCLP||SHWY 6 Camerons = S6CA|
|Mill Rd = MILL|||
What are the numbers on the road name signs?
As an integral part of this whole RAPID numbering process we also updated many of our old road name signs. Instead of simply the road name only, all new rural signs have the RAPID number range for that section of road included. They also indicate the direction the numbers run so you can locate numbers faster over long roads. Signs at the ends of a road have the full number range included, intermediate signs at intersections have partial number ranges to indicate number direction only.
Who replaces the peg if it gets damaged or stolen?
Because Council has implemented this system, it has been decided that Council will supply new pegs and numbers free of charge. If for whatever reason your peg is damaged or goes missing, please contact the Assets & Engineering Department (phone + 64 3 769 8611) and ask to speak to the person in charge of RAPID Numbering, or alternatively leave your name, contact details and address.
Why are there no blue pegs until after Saltwater Creek at Paroa?
Paroa and South Beach missed out on getting RAPID pegs installed because the existing numbers matched the RAPID numbers perfectly and it's now being considered more and more to be part of town itself. When that happens we can get away with standard street numbering. South of Saltwater creek however things become more spread out and there was one or two wrongly allocated numbers, so we carried on where Paroa left off.