Unpaid Work (Census 96) 1996
A full list of the definitions and terms used in the 1996 Census of Population and Dwellings is contained in the report An Introduction to the Census of Population and Dwellings. Refer to Statistics New Zealand for a complete list of concepts, definitions and classifications.
Access to a telephone
Area of usual residence
Available for work
Census night address
Cigarette smoking behaviour
Country of birth
De facto marriage
De facto population
Duration of residence in New Zealand
Highest school qualification
Hours of unpaid work outside the home
Hours worked in employment
Income (total income)
Inlets and harbours, oceanic waters and islands
Job search methods
The labour force consists of people aged 15 years and over who regularly work for one or more hours per week for financial gain, or as an unpaid worker in a family business. Also included are people who are unemployed, actively seeking and available to, work either full-time or part-time.
Labour force participation rate
Labour force status
Looked for paid work
Main means of travel to work
Main means of travel to work refers to the method by which the respondent travelled the longest distance to work (on census day). Statistics on travel to work relate to travel from a person’s area of usual residence to their workplace.
Marital status is a person's reported status with respect to the marriage laws or customs of the country. There are two types of marital status: legal marital status and social marital status.
Legal marital status is a person's reported status with respect to registered marriage. A person's legal marital status can be legally married for the first time, remarried, separated, divorced, widowed, or never married.
Social marital status is a person's reported status with respect to partnership. A person’s social marital status can be partnered or non-partnered.
Means of cooking in a dwelling
Means of heating dwelling
Means of water heating in a dwelling
Never married means a person who has never been registered as married.
Number of children
Number of inmates or guest occupants
Number of occupants
Number of rooms/bedrooms
Overseas visitor population
Permanent private dwelling
Place of residence
Population resident in New Zealand
Population usually resident in area
Post school qualifications
Sector of landlord
Status in employment
Temporarily absent (household and family statistics)
Temporary private dwelling
Tenure of dwelling
Total fertility rate
The total fertility rate for a particular year indicates the average number of children a woman would expect to have during her lifetime, were she to be exposed to the age specific fertility rates for that year. The total fertility rate is sometimes used as an indicator of family size.
Total household income
Unemployed and seeking work
A person's usual residence is the address of the dwelling or place where the person considers himself or herself to live except in the specific cases listed below:
· A person from another country who has lived, or intends to live, in New Zealand for 12 months or more is considered to usually reside at his or her address in New Zealand.
· People who board at another residence to attend primary or secondary school, and return to their parents' or guardians' home for the holidays, are considered to usually reside at the address of their parent(s) or guardian(s). Post-secondary students are considered to usually reside at the address where they live while studying.
· People who are in a rest home, hospital, prison or other institution, are considered to usually reside where they consider themselves to live.
· A person whose home is on any ship, boat or vessel permanently located in any harbour is considered to usually reside at the wharf or landing place (or main wharf or landing place) of the harbour.
· People who spend time residing at more than one residence are recorded as usually resident where they consider themselves to live. Children in joint custody are considered to usually reside at the place where they spend most nights, or if they spend equal amounts of time at each residence, they usually reside at the place where they are on census night.
People of no fixed abode are considered to have no usual residence.
Usual residence five years ago
Year of arrival in New Zealand
Years lived at usual residence