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
An extended family is a group of related people who usually live together in the same household and consists of:
· a family nucleus and one or more other related people; or
· two or more related family nuclei, with or without other related people.
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
The relationships (marital, familial, and non-familial) the respondent has to all the people with whom he or she usually resides.
Living arrangements response categories:
· legal husband or wife
· partner or de facto, girlfriend or boyfriend
· other persons (such as flatmates)
· none of these.
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
An occupation is a set of jobs which involve the performance of a common set of tasks. It refers to the job, trade, profession or type of work in which a person is employed for financial reward or as an unpaid worker in a family business.
Occupations are grouped together by a similar skill requirement rather than by the similarity of the type of work performed. The skill requirement of an occupation is measured by the skill level and the skill specialisation of the tasks and duties performed.
The occupation classification used - the New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (NZSCO-95) - is based on the International Standard Classification of Occupations (ISCO-88), modified to suit New Zealand conditions.
Information for this topic is derived from the question which asks people to state their present occupation and the tasks or duties they spend the most time on. Statistics are available for occupation major groups, sub-major groups, minor groups, unit groups and groups. It is possible to cross-classify data from NZSCO-95 with data from NZSCO-90 and NZSCO-68 and thus obtain comparable data between the 1996 and previous censuses.
Overseas visitor population
Permanent private dwelling
Place of residence
Population resident in New Zealand
Population usually resident in area
Post school qualifications
There are 16 regional councils (Gisborne, Tasman and Marlborough Districts; and Nelson City are all unitary authorities. As such they are districts with the power of regional authorities.) These 16 cover every territorial authority in New Zealand with the exception of the Chatham Islands District.
Generally, regional councils contain complete territorial authorities. The geographical boundaries of the regions conform as far as practical to the boundaries of one or more water catchments. In determining regions, consideration was also given to regional communities of interest, natural resource management, land use planning, port facilities and environmental matters.
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).
Statistical areas are broad geographic regions which do not conform to any legal or administrative boundaries, nor do they have any pre-determined population size. There are 13 statistical areas many of which conform to the old provincial districts. These areas include islands outside regions but part of 'geographic New Zealand'.
The major importance of statistical areas is in historical comparability of data from these areas.
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
Territorial authority areas with a population of 20,000 or more may be divided into wards for local government electoral purposes. Territorial authorities those with a population of fewer than 20,000 may also be so divided.
For both categories of territorial authority the final composition of wards are as determined by the Local Government Commission. The regulations governing the establishment of wards and the factors to be used in their determination are contained in the Local Government Act 1974 and its amendments.
Wards are required to reflect communities of interest and their boundaries to coincide, as far as practicable, with community boundaries.
Year of arrival in New Zealand
Year of arrival in New Zealand is the year that a respondent who was born outside New Zealand first arrived in New Zealand as a permanent or long-term resident.
Years lived at usual residence