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 refers to surface area and is expressed in terms of either square kilometres (1 sq km = 0.3861 sq. miles) or hectares (1 hectare = 2.471 acres). Figures quoted in the 1996 Census statistical tables are based on the official surface areas of regions, territorial authorities, statistical areas, and urban areas prevailing at the census date, as calculated by Land Information New Zealand. Unless specifically stated they include any water areas located within territorial authority boundaries.
Area of usual residence
Available for work
Census night address
Census night address refers to the physical address where the respondent was on census night.
Cigarette smoking behaviour
A city is a territorial authority area which has a minimum population of 50,000, is predominately urban in character, is a distinct entity and a major centre of activity within its parent region.
Country of birth
De facto marriage
De facto population
Duration of residence in New Zealand
There are General and Mäori electoral districts constituted in terms of the Electoral Act after each population census.
Highest school qualification
Hours of unpaid work outside the home
The number of hours identified by the respondents aged 15 years and over for the time spent during the four weeks prior to census day on 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
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
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
Years lived at usual residence