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
The term "available for work" means that people who were unemployed would have been able to start work during the week prior to the census, had a job been offered to them.
Census night address
Cigarette smoking behaviour
Cigarette smoking refers to the active smoking of any tobacco products, including manufactured and hand rolled cigarettes (excluding cigars, pipe tobacco and cigarillos). It does not include the smoking of any other substances, for example herbal cigarettes or marijuana, but does include the smoking of home grown tobacco in cigarette form.
Cigarette smoking refers to active smoking and does not include passive smoking, the unintentional inhalation by non-smokers of tobacco smoke introduced into the atmosphere by smokers. The consumption of tobacco products by other means, such as chewing, is also excluded.
Country of birth
De facto marriage
De facto population
Duration of residence in New Zealand
Dwelling address consists of the distinguishing details of the physical location of a dwelling for the purposes of the data collection and can include street number, name, and type; suburb or rural locality; and city, town or district.
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
The meshblock is the smallest geographic area used by Statistics New Zealand in the collection and processing of data. The meshblock is the building block for aggregation into larger areas such as area units, territorial authorities, regional councils, and electoral districts.
Meshblocks vary in both population and area size - from an extensive tract of sparsely populated rural land to a city block. When the New Zealand-wide system of standard meshblocks was established in 1976, meshblocks in urban areas generally contained an average of 150-200 persons while rural meshblocks generally had fewer (100-150 on average). Subsequent division of meshblocks and changes in population patterns have resulted in meshblock population counts having a considerable range.
At the 1996 Census there were 36,808 meshblocks.
Meshblocks can be categorised into: land, island, mainland, water, inland water, inlet, oceanic, and other.
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
Sector of landlord is the section of the economy which best describes the owner of the dwelling (as selected by the respondent from the options listed in the question).
To be separated a person must be permanently living apart from his or her legal spouse with or without a legal separation order or agreement. To be permanently living apart, a person must not usually reside with his or her legal husband or wife.
Status in employment
Temporarily absent (household and family statistics)
Temporary private dwelling
Tenure of dwelling
Total fertility rate
Total household income
Unemployed and seeking work
Usual residence five years ago
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