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
Access to a telephone means that there is a working speaking telephone located in the dwelling. "Telephone" includes the standard speaking telephone, cordless telephones, and telephones which have been modified with braille buttons or hearing aid attachments. Cell phones are counted in the definition if they are predominantly located in the dwelling when household members are at home.
Area of usual residence
Available for work
Census night address
Cigarette smoking behaviour
Community boards administer the affairs of communities with populations of not less than 1,500 within rural, urban or metropolitan districts of a territorial authority.
Country of birth
A couple consists of two people who usually reside together and are legally married, or two people who are living together as partners. Couples can be either opposite-sex, or same sex.
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
A household consists of either one person who usually resides alone or two or more people who usually reside together and share facilities (such as eating facilities, cooking facilities, bathroom and toilet facilities, a living area).
Household characteristics is a general term referring to the nature of a household including: number of household members, household composition, number and age of children in the household and total household income.
Income (total income)
Industry is the type of activity undertaken by the organisation, enterprise, business or unit of economic activity within which a person is employed. Any individual business can be assigned an appropriate industry category on the basis of its predominant activity, which is its main income-producing activity.
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
Geographic New Zealand includes the Kermadec, Campbell and Three Kings Islands and the Ross Dependency, but excludes the Tokelau Islands.
Number of children
Number of inmates or guest occupants
Number of inmates or guest occupants refers to the number of people who are inmates in prisons, penal institutions or police lock-ups and stations, and the number of people who are residents or guests in hospitals, hotels, motel complexes, private hotels, guest houses, boarding houses, rooming houses, motor camps and the like (for example, shearing quarters, work camps) on census night.
Number of occupants
Number of rooms/bedrooms
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
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
Sector of landlord
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
Persons who were not working in a paid job, business, farm or profession at census date, but had looked for either full-time or part-time work in the preceding four weeks were referred to as "unemployed and seeking work", regardless of their availability and the job search methods used.
The definition of "Looking for Work" was contained in the guide notes and required at least one of the job search methods listed, during the four weeks preceding the census. If "Looking at job advertisements in newspapers" was one of the methods cited, at least two methods are required.
"Unemployed and seeking work" refers to those persons who are not working in a paid job, business, farm or profession at census date, but have actively looked for either full-time or part-time work in the preceding four weeks and would have started work in the week preceding the census had a job been available. As with the 1991 Census, "Looking at job advertisements in newspapers" alone is not considered actively looking for work.
Full-time work is defined as 30 hours or more of work per week while part-time work is defined as less than 30 hours of work per week.
Usual residence five years ago
Year of arrival in New Zealand
Years lived at usual residence