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
An adult child is defined as a person (child) who is employed full time or who is aged 18 years or over.
Area of usual residence
Available for work
Census night address
Cigarette smoking behaviour
Community boards administer the affairs of communities with populations of not less than 1,500 within rural, urban or metropolitan districts of a territorial authority.
Country of birth
De facto marriage
De facto population
Duration of residence in New Zealand
A dwelling is any building or structure, or part thereof, that is used (or intended to be used) for the purpose of human habitation. It can be of a permanent, temporary or even mobile nature and includes structures such as motels, hotels, hospitals, prisons, motor homes, huts, and tents.
At the highest level, dwellings are classified as private or non-private. A private dwelling accommodates a person or a group of people, but is not available to the public. Included are: houses, flats, and apartments; residences attached to a business or institution; baches, cribs and huts; garages; caravans, cabins and tents; vehicles; vessels; or dwellings of the above types that are under construction.
All other dwellings are non-private and are available to the public. They may be available for use either generally, or by virtue of occupation or study, special need, or legal requirement. Such dwellings may have facilities (such as a dining room) which are for shared use. These dwellings include: hotels and motels; guest houses and boarding houses; hostels; public and private hospitals; homes for the elderly; educational, welfare, religious and charitable institutions; prisons and penal institutions; defence establishments; work camps, staff quarters and seasonal quarters; motor camps; and other communal dwellings. If this type of accommodation includes units that are designed for the exclusive use (temporarily) of one or more people, the units are considered to be part of the non-private dwelling and not separate non-private dwellings. Private residences that are attached to non-private dwellings are, however, considered to be separate private dwellings.
Highest school qualification
Hours of unpaid work outside the home
Hours worked in employment
Household composition differentiates households according to the relationships between people in those households.
Income (total income)
Gross income received by people aged 15 years or over from all sources for the financial year ending 31 March 1996.
Included is income from: wages, salary, commissions, bonuses paid by employer, self-employment, or business(es) you own and work in, interest, dividends, rent, other investments, ACC regular payments, New Zealand Superannuation, pensions, annuities, unemployment benefit, sickness benefit, invalids benefit, student allowance, other government benefits (including training allowances), government income support payments, or war pensions. Excluded are capital gains, gambling winnings and inheritances.
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
The meshblock is the smallest geographic area used by Statistics New Zealand in the collection and processing of data. The meshblock is the building block for aggregation into larger areas such as area units, territorial authorities, regional councils, and electoral districts.
Meshblocks vary in both population and area size - from an extensive tract of sparsely populated rural land to a city block. When the New Zealand-wide system of standard meshblocks was established in 1976, meshblocks in urban areas generally contained an average of 150-200 persons while rural meshblocks generally had fewer (100-150 on average). Subsequent division of meshblocks and changes in population patterns have resulted in meshblock population counts having a considerable range.
At the 1996 Census there were 36,808 meshblocks.
Meshblocks can be categorised into: land, island, mainland, water, inland water, inlet, oceanic, and other.
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
Place of residence refers to the usual place of residence of people irrespective of their place of enumeration on census night.
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)
For the purposes of household and family statistics, a person is temporarily absent from a dwelling if he or she is not there on census night and the occupier/reference person in the dwelling considers that person to be a usually resident household member.
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