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
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
Job search methods
Labour force participation rate
Labour force status
Labour force status is the position of all people aged 15 and over in relation to the labour market.
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
A non-private dwelling is one in which a number of generally unrelated people (either individuals or families) live. Such dwellings are available to the public and include institutions and group-living quarters. Examples of non-private dwellings are hotels, motels, hospitals, prisons, school hostels, motor camps, boarding houses, ships and trains. Non-private establishments usually have common cooking and dining facilities. Lounge room and dormitories can also be shared by the occupants. Refer definition of Dwelling.
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
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
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
Year of arrival in New Zealand
Years lived at usual residence