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
Access to a telephone means that there is a working speaking telephone located in the dwelling. "Telephone" includes the standard speaking telephone, cordless telephones, and telephones which have been modified with braille buttons or hearing aid attachments. Cell phones are counted in the definition if they are predominantly located in the dwelling when household members are at home.
De facto marriage
A dependent child is a child who is aged under 18 years and who is not in full-time employment.
An economic family is a person who is financially independent or a group of people who usually reside together and are financially interdependent according to current social norms.
Income (total income)
Labour force status
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
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.
The rural areas of New Zealand are those which are not specifically designated as "urban". They include rural centres, and district territories where these are not included in main, secondary or minor urban areas, and inlets, islands, inland waters, and oceanic waters which are outside urban areas.
Sector of landlord
Temporarily absent (household and family statistics)
Temporary private dwelling
Tenure of dwelling
Total household income
Unemployed and seeking work