Families and Households (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
An adult child is defined as a person (child) who is employed full time or who is aged 18 years or over.
A couple consists of two people who usually reside together and are legally married, or two people who are living together as partners. Couples can be either opposite-sex, or same sex.
De facto marriage
Income (total income)
Gross income received by people aged 15 years or over from all sources for the financial year ending 31 March 1996.
Included is income from: wages, salary, commissions, bonuses paid by employer, self-employment, or business(es) you own and work in, interest, dividends, rent, other investments, ACC regular payments, New Zealand Superannuation, pensions, annuities, unemployment benefit, sickness benefit, invalids benefit, student allowance, other government benefits (including training allowances), government income support payments, or war pensions. Excluded are capital gains, gambling winnings and inheritances.
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 status
Never married means a person who has never been registered as married.
Number of children
Number of inmates or guest occupants
Number of occupants
Permanent private dwelling
Population resident in New Zealand
A registered marriage is one for which a marriage certificate has been signed legalising the marriage of two people of the opposite sex. People who are "legally married" have signed a marriage certificate that is valid at the time of the survey.
Sector of landlord
Temporarily absent (household and family statistics)
Temporary private dwelling
Tenure of dwelling
Total household income
Unemployed and seeking work
The department’s non-administrative urban area structure comprises a three-part classification, consisting of main, secondary and minor urban areas which constitute the "urban" population of New Zealand.
"Urban area" boundaries are defined with the objective of enabling users to make statistical comparisons over time without the need for major adjustments caused by changes in territorial authority boundaries. This classification also enables users to distinguish between the statistical characteristics of the "urban" and "rural" areas of New Zealand.
Main Urban Areas
These are very large non-administrative centres which are urban in character and consist of part of a city or parts of cities and/or part of a district or parts of districts. Main urban areas have a minimum population of 30,000.
Minor Urban Areas
These are small to medium-sized non-administrative centres which comprise part of a district, are regarded as urban in character and have populations ranging between 1,000 and 9,999.
Secondary Urban Areas
These areas are large non-administrative centres which comprise parts of a district or districts regarded as urban in character and have a population ranging between 10,000 and 29,999.