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
Highest school qualification
Hours of unpaid work outside the home
Hours worked in employment
Income (total income)
Inlets and harbours, oceanic waters and islands
Job search methods
The labour force consists of people aged 15 years and over who regularly work for one or more hours per week for financial gain, or as an unpaid worker in a family business. Also included are people who are unemployed, actively seeking and available to, work either full-time or part-time.
Labour force participation rate
Labour force status
Looked for paid work
Main means of travel to work
Main means of travel to work refers to the method by which the respondent travelled the longest distance to work (on census day). Statistics on travel to work relate to travel from a person’s area of usual residence to their workplace.
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
Never married means a person who has never been registered as married.
Number of children
Number of inmates or guest occupants
Number of occupants
Number of rooms/bedrooms
A dwelling is defined as occupied if it is:
· occupied at midnight on census night or
· occupied at any time during the 12 hours following midnight on census night unless the occupant(s) completed a questionnaire at another dwelling during this period.
Overseas visitor population
Permanent private dwelling
Place of residence
Population resident in New Zealand
Population usually resident in area
Population usually resident in area refers to the population that usually resides in a given subject area. The basis of this population is the population resident in the area on census night, plus residents enumerated elsewhere in New Zealand on census night whose usual residence is in the subject area. Temporary residents who usually reside elsewhere in New Zealand, New Zealand residents temporarily overseas, and people in New Zealand on census night but who usually reside overseas, are excluded.
A person must have resided, or planned to reside in an area for three months or more to be counted as a usual resident. The exceptions are primary and secondary school pupils who board away from home but who return home at the end of each term. They are required to state their usual home address.
Post school qualifications
Sector of landlord
Statistical areas are broad geographic regions which do not conform to any legal or administrative boundaries, nor do they have any pre-determined population size. There are 13 statistical areas many of which conform to the old provincial districts. These areas include islands outside regions but part of 'geographic New Zealand'.
The major importance of statistical areas is in historical comparability of data from these areas.
Status in employment
Temporarily absent (household and family statistics)
Temporary private dwelling
Tenure of dwelling
Total fertility rate
The total fertility rate for a particular year indicates the average number of children a woman would expect to have during her lifetime, were she to be exposed to the age specific fertility rates for that year. The total fertility rate is sometimes used as an indicator of family size.
Total household income
Unemployed and seeking work
Usual residence five years ago
Year of arrival in New Zealand
Years lived at usual residence