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 refers to surface area and is expressed in terms of either square kilometres (1 sq km = 0.3861 sq. miles) or hectares (1 hectare = 2.471 acres). Figures quoted in the 1996 Census statistical tables are based on the official surface areas of regions, territorial authorities, statistical areas, and urban areas prevailing at the census date, as calculated by Land Information New Zealand. Unless specifically stated they include any water areas located within territorial authority boundaries.
Area of usual residence
Area units are aggregations of meshblocks. They are non-administrative areas intermediate between meshblocks and territorial authorities. Area units must either define, or aggregate to urban areas, rural areas, statistical areas, territorial authorities and regional councils.
The maximum total population of an area unit is approximately 5,000. Each area unit is a single geographic entity with a unique name.
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
Household characteristics is a general term referring to the nature of a household including: number of household members, household composition, number and age of children in the household and total household income.
Income (total income)
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
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
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
A partner is a person to whom another person is legally married or with whom they are living in a defacto relationship.
Permanent private dwelling
Place of residence
Population resident in New Zealand
Population usually resident in area
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
Refers to any private dwelling that is temporary or mobile (such as a tent, caravan, campervan or boat) and occupied on census night.
In order to provide family statistics on persons living in temporary accommodation, residents of motor camps, caravan parks and camping grounds who resided or intended residing there on a permanent basis - that is, had no other address, planned to live in such accommodation or had lived in such accommodation for three months or more - are enumerated as separate private households. Accordingly the category of "Caravan, cabin or tent in a motor camp" is now included in the "Temporary Private Dwelling" category. Short-term guests and visitors in motor camps continue to be enumerated in the "Non-Private Dwelling" category.
Tenure of dwelling
There is a total of 74 territorial authorities (including 15 cities and 59 districts). The boundaries of territorial authorities are defined according to "community of interest" considerations (including the relevance of the community components to each other and the ability of the unit to efficiently service its community).
Total fertility rate
Total household income
Unemployed and seeking work
Usual residence five years ago
Year of arrival in New Zealand
Years lived at usual residence