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.
An absentee is a person who is temporarily absent from a dwelling at the time of the census and who the occupier/reference person in the dwelling considers to be a usually resident household member.
The category includes children away at boarding school, and people away on business, on holiday, in hospital and so on. Excluded are long-term hospital patients and university and other tertiary students who live away from the dwelling for most of the year.
Required details of absentees include name, sex, age, relationship to occupier/reference person, marital status and location (in New Zealand or overseas).
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
Highest school qualification
Hours of unpaid work outside the home
Hours worked in employment
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
The iwi is the focal economic and political unit of the traditional Mäori descent- and kinship-based hierarchy of:
· waka (founding canoe)
· iwi (tribe)
· hapu (sub-tribe)
· whanau (family).
Job search methods
Labour force participation rate
The labour force participation rate is the percentage of the population aged 15 years or over who were either employed or unemployed and seeking work, during the week prior to the census.
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 number of motor vehicles available for use by household members on census night. Included are vehicles which are privately owned, hired, borrowed, leased or supplied by an employer, and vehicles that are temporarily under repair. Business vehicles if available for private use are also included.
Included are cars, station wagons, vans, trucks, utility vehicles, four-wheel drive vehicles and other vehicles used on public roads, but excluded are caravans, motorcycles, scooters, vehicles used only for business and farm vehicles such as tractors.
Number of children
Number of inmates or guest occupants
Number of occupants
Number of rooms/bedrooms
Number of rooms is the number of living and sleeping areas that the respondent states are contained in a dwelling.
A room includes living and sleeping areas, such as a bedroom, lounge or living room, dining room, kitchen, games room, rumpus room, family room, study, studio, hobby room, or a conservatory that you can sit in, but excludes service areas, such as a shower, pantry, hall, garage, spa room or walk-in wardrobe.
A room is considered to be a bedroom if it is furnished as a bedroom even if it has never been used or is not being used at the time of the data collection. A sleepout or caravan adjacent to a private dwelling should be counted as a bedroom if it is used and/or furnished as a bedroom.
Overseas visitor population
Permanent private dwelling
Place of residence
Population resident in New Zealand
Population usually resident in area
Post school qualifications
A registered marriage is one for which a marriage certificate has been signed legalising the marriage of two people of the opposite sex. People who are "legally married" have signed a marriage certificate that is valid at the time of the survey.
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.
Two people of the same sex who are living together as partners.
Sector of landlord
Status in employment
Temporarily absent (household and family statistics)
Temporary private dwelling
Tenure of dwelling
Total fertility rate
Total household income
This is defined as the total income, including income support, before tax deductions, that members of the household aged 15 years and over receive from all sources for the financial year ending 31 March 1996.
For the 1996 Census, total household income is shown as "Not Available" where one of the two following conditions exist:
1. Where there are no persons usually resident in the dwelling aged 15 years and over.
2. Where there are persons aged 15 years and over temporarily absent from the dwelling and the combined income of persons aged 15 years and over present in the dwelling is less than $70,001.
Total household income shows as "Not Specified" where any person aged 15 years or over who is usually resident in the dwelling does not specify any income, and the combined income of other persons (aged 15 years and over, usually resident in the dwelling) is less than $70,001.
Unemployed and seeking work
Usual residence five years ago
A visitor to a dwelling is a person who is present in a dwelling on census night but who does not usually reside in that dwelling.
Year of arrival in New Zealand
Years lived at usual residence