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
Constituency refers to a division of a region constituted for electoral purposes. Each constituency elects one or more members to the regional council. Constituencies are required to reflect communities of interest, and their boundaries, so far as practicable, coincide with those of territorial authorities or wards. The regulations relating to constituencies are contained in the Local Government Amendment Act (no 2) 1989.
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.
Family type differentiates family nuclei according to the presence or absence of couples, parents and children.
Highest school qualification
Hours of unpaid work outside the home
Hours worked in employment
A household consists of either one person who usually resides alone or two or more people who usually reside together and share facilities (such as eating facilities, cooking facilities, bathroom and toilet facilities, a living area).
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
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.
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
Overseas visitor population
Permanent private dwelling
Place of residence
Population resident in New Zealand
Population usually resident in area
Post school qualifications
Rural centres have statistical boundaries (being an area unit) but have no legal status. They are rural centres with a population of 300 to 999 in a reasonably compact area which service their surrounding rural areas (district territory). Examples are Ruatoria, Waitoa and Cust.
Sector of landlord
To be separated a person must be permanently living apart from his or her legal spouse with or without a legal separation order or agreement. To be permanently living apart, a person must not usually reside with his or her legal husband or wife.
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