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
A child is a person of any age who usually resides with at least one parent (natural, step, adopted, or foster) and who does not usually reside with a partner or child (or children) of his or her own.
Cigarette smoking behaviour
Country of birth
De facto marriage
A de facto marriage exists if a person considers himself or herself to be living with another person as a partner.
De facto population
Duration of residence in New Zealand
Electoral boundaries are reviewed every five years after the population census. The Government Statistician is required by the Electoral Amendment Act 1981 to "report the results of the census and his calculation of the General and Mäori Electoral population as at the close of the last day of that period to the Surveyor-General". This report and the maps prepared by the Surveyor-General, are the basic material used by the Electoral Representation Commission in determining the revised electoral boundaries.
The Electoral Representation Commission is responsible for defining the boundaries of electorates.
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
Labour force participation rate
Labour force status
Looked for paid work
Main means of travel to work
Means of cooking in a dwelling
Means of heating dwelling
Means of water heating in a dwelling
Number of children
Number of inmates or guest occupants
Number of occupants
Number of rooms/bedrooms
Overseas visitor population
A parent role is the role of a person who usually resides with his or her natural, step, adopted, or foster child (or children). A parent role can also be the role of people who provide care for household members under the age of 18 who are not employed full-time and do not have a partner or child (or children) of their own in the household. A guardian is regarded as a person who is in a parent role.
Permanent private dwelling
Place of residence
Population resident in New Zealand
Population usually resident in area
Post school qualifications
A person who is currently legally married and has previously been legally married and subsequently divorced or widowed is said to be remarried.
Rural centres have statistical boundaries (being an area unit) but have no legal status. They are rural centres with a population of 300 to 999 in a reasonably compact area which service their surrounding rural areas (district territory). Examples are Ruatoria, Waitoa and Cust.
Sector of landlord
Status in employment
Temporarily absent (household and family statistics)
Temporary private dwelling
Tenure of dwelling
Tenure of dwelling refers to the nature of occupancy of occupied private dwellings including whether or not the usual resident(s) make a payment for that occupancy. It does not include the tenure of the land on which the dwelling is situated.
There is a total of 74 territorial authorities (including 15 cities and 59 districts). The boundaries of territorial authorities are defined according to "community of interest" considerations (including the relevance of the community components to each other and the ability of the unit to efficiently service its community).
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
Usual residence five years ago
Weekly rent refers to the amount paid per week by a household to rent or lease an occupied permanent private or temporary private dwelling.
A widowed person is a person who has not remarried following the death of his or her legal husband or wife.
Year of arrival in New Zealand
Years lived at usual residence
Years at usual residence is the length of time in completed years (ignoring temporary absences) that a respondent has lived at their current usual residence.