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
A de facto marriage exists if a person considers himself or herself to be living with another person as a partner.
De facto population
Duration of residence in New Zealand
Electoral boundaries are reviewed every five years after the population census. The Government Statistician is required by the Electoral Amendment Act 1981 to "report the results of the census and his calculation of the General and Mäori Electoral population as at the close of the last day of that period to the Surveyor-General". This report and the maps prepared by the Surveyor-General, are the basic material used by the Electoral Representation Commission in determining the revised electoral boundaries.
The Electoral Representation Commission is responsible for defining the boundaries of electorates.
There are General and Mäori electoral districts constituted in terms of the Electoral Act after each population census.
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
Hours worked is the total number of hours worked in employment in the week before the census..
The definition of employed used in the census includes all people aged 15 and over in employment for pay, profit or payment in kind, or those people who worked unpaid in a family business. Hours worked exclude unpaid work other than work performed in a family business and unpaid overtime. In the census, hours worked in all jobs are counted, not just the main job.
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
Marital status is a person's reported status with respect to the marriage laws or customs of the country. There are two types of marital status: legal marital status and social marital status.
Legal marital status is a person's reported status with respect to registered marriage. A person's legal marital status can be legally married for the first time, remarried, separated, divorced, widowed, or never married.
Social marital status is a person's reported status with respect to partnership. A person’s social marital status can be partnered or non-partnered.
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
The rural areas of New Zealand are those which are not specifically designated as "urban". They include rural centres, and district territories where these are not included in main, secondary or minor urban areas, and inlets, islands, inland waters, and oceanic waters which are outside urban areas.
Two people of the same sex who are living together as partners.
Sector of landlord
Sex is the biological distinction between males and females.
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