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
The term "available for work" means that people who were unemployed would have been able to start work during the week prior to the census, had a job been offered to them.
Census night address
Cigarette smoking behaviour
A city is a territorial authority area which has a minimum population of 50,000, is predominately urban in character, is a distinct entity and a major centre of activity within its parent region.
Country of birth
De facto marriage
De facto population
Duration of residence in New Zealand
A familial relationship is a relationship in which a person is related to another household member by blood, marriage (registered or de facto) or adoption.
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
Household composition differentiates households according to the relationships between people in those households.
Income (total income)
Inlets and harbours, oceanic waters and islands
People outside territorial authority boundaries are described as either on "extra county islands" or "shipboard". Previously, meshblocks were allocated for specific ports and harbour areas (known as "shipping meshblocks"), but did not permit full coverage of the New Zealand coastline. Such meshblocks did not have defined seaward boundaries.
With most of the inhabited "extra county islands" being included in territorial authorities and regions (as a result of the 1989 local government re-organisation) and the need to expand the meshblock classification to the 12-mile territorial limit, the concepts of the "shipping" and "island" meshblocks have been modified.
The term "shipping meshblocks" has been replaced by "inlet" and "oceanic" meshblocks. In general, populated "islands" are assigned to their own meshblocks. These new meshblocks have definite boundaries.
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 number of motor vehicles available for use by household members on census night. Included are vehicles which are privately owned, hired, borrowed, leased or supplied by an employer, and vehicles that are temporarily under repair. Business vehicles if available for private use are also included.
Included are cars, station wagons, vans, trucks, utility vehicles, four-wheel drive vehicles and other vehicles used on public roads, but excluded are caravans, motorcycles, scooters, vehicles used only for business and farm vehicles such as tractors.
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
A person who is currently legally married and has previously been legally married and subsequently divorced or widowed is said to be remarried.
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
Usual residence five years ago
A visitor to a dwelling is a person who is present in a dwelling on census night but who does not usually reside in that dwelling.
Weekly rent refers to the amount paid per week by a household to rent or lease an occupied permanent private or temporary private dwelling.
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