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
The term country of birth refers to the country where the respondent was born. The term country is defined to include:
· independent countries recognised by the New Zealand Government;
· overseas dependencies, external territories of independent countries;
· units which are recognised geographic areas.
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
Household composition differentiates households according to the relationships between people in those households.
Income (total income)
Inlets and harbours, oceanic waters and islands
Job search methods
Job search methods refers to the methods used to look for paid work in the four weeks prior to the census.
· looked at job advertisements in the newspapers
· wrote, phoned or applied in person to an employer
· contacted the Department of Labour’s New Zealand Employment Service to look for a job
· contacted friends or relatives for help in finding a job
· contacted career advisers or vocational guidance officers
· other method(s), for instance: contacted other employment agency, placed an ad about a job, took steps to set up own business.
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
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
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
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
A widowed person is a person who has not remarried following the death of his or her legal husband or wife.
Year of arrival in New Zealand
Years lived at usual residence