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
There are General and Mäori electoral districts constituted in terms of the Electoral Act after each population census.
Fertility is defined as the number of children ever born alive to each female, resident in New Zealand aged 15 years or over, as reported by the respondent. Foetal deaths and stillborn children are excluded, as are stepchildren, adopted children, foster children and wards of state.
Respondents could chose to object to answering this question in the 1996 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 cooking in a dwelling refers to the types of fuel or energy used for 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
In private dwellings, the occupier/reference person can be any responsible person. Therefore, in private dwellings, the occupier/reference person could be the person (or the partner of the person) who:
· owns the household accommodation, or
· is legally responsible for the rent of the accommodation, or
· has the private accommodation by virtue of his or her employment, or
· has the private accommodation by virtue of some relationship to an owner who is not usually resident, or
· any other responsible person.
In non-private dwellings, the occupier/reference person (for the census) is the owner, manager, or person who is in charge on census night.
In practice, in the 1996 Census, the occupier/reference person is the person who completed the dwelling questionnaire.
Overseas visitor population
Permanent private dwelling
Place of residence
Population resident in New Zealand
Population usually resident in area
Post school qualifications
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
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
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