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
District refers to a territorial authority that is neither wholly urban nor wholly rural and which is under the jurisdiction of a district council.
Duration of residence in New Zealand
Duration of residence in New Zealand is the length of time in completed years (ignoring any intervening absences, whether temporary or long term) that a person who was born outside New Zealand has lived in New Zealand as a permanent or long term resident.
Duration of residence in New Zealand is derived from year of arrival in New Zealand by measuring the time elapsed (in completed years) between arrival in New Zealand and the data collection.
Ethnicity is the ethnic group(s) that people identify with or feel they belong to. Thus, ethnicity is self-perceived and people can belong to more than one ethnic group.
An ethnic group is defined as a social group whose members:
· share a sense of common origins,
· claim a common and distinctive history and destiny,
· possess one or more dimensions of collective cultural individuality, and
· feel a sense of unique collective solidarity.
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
A dwelling is defined as occupied if it is:
· occupied at midnight on census night or
· occupied at any time during the 12 hours following midnight on census night unless the occupant(s) completed a questionnaire at another dwelling during this period.
In private dwellings, the occupier/reference person can be any responsible person. Therefore, in private dwellings, the occupier/reference person could be the person (or the partner of the person) who:
· owns the household accommodation, or
· is legally responsible for the rent of the accommodation, or
· has the private accommodation by virtue of his or her employment, or
· has the private accommodation by virtue of some relationship to an owner who is not usually resident, or
· any other responsible person.
In non-private dwellings, the occupier/reference person (for the census) is the owner, manager, or person who is in charge on census night.
In practice, in the 1996 Census, the occupier/reference person is the person who completed the dwelling questionnaire.
Overseas visitor population
Permanent private dwelling
Place of residence
Population resident in New Zealand
Population usually resident in area
Post school qualifications
Religious affiliation refers to the self-identified association of an individual with a religion or denomination. There is a statutory right for a respondent to object to providing this information if desired.
A person who is currently legally married and has previously been legally married and subsequently divorced or widowed is said to be remarried.
Sector of landlord
Status in employment
A stepchild is a child of a person’s partner by a previous relationship.
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
Year of arrival in New Zealand
Years lived at usual residence