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
De facto marriage
A family nucleus consists of two or more people, who are members of the same household, and who comprise either a couple, or at least one parent role/child relationship, or both.
All people in a household under the age of 18 who are not employed full-time are classified as a child in a family nucleus in that household except when they have a partner or child (or children) of their own in the household or do not usually reside with the members of that household.
Note: For this definition, the term "family nucleus" is used to clarify the specific type of family group that is being referred to. In the family classifications, the term "family" is used as an abbreviation of "family nucleus".
Income (total income)
Labour force status
Geographic New Zealand includes the Kermadec, Campbell and Three Kings Islands and the Ross Dependency, but excludes the Tokelau Islands.
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.
Resident population refers to all people counted during a census who usually live in New Zealand excluding people who usually live overseas and New Zealand residents overseas.
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)
For the purposes of household and family statistics, a person is temporarily absent from a dwelling if he or she is not there on census night and the occupier/reference person in the dwelling considers that person to be a usually resident household member.
Temporary private dwelling
Tenure of dwelling
Total household income
This is defined as the total income, including income support, before tax deductions, that members of the household aged 15 years and over receive from all sources for the financial year ending 31 March 1996.
For the 1996 Census, total household income is shown as "Not Available" where one of the two following conditions exist:
1. Where there are no persons usually resident in the dwelling aged 15 years and over.
2. Where there are persons aged 15 years and over temporarily absent from the dwelling and the combined income of persons aged 15 years and over present in the dwelling is less than $70,001.
Total household income shows as "Not Specified" where any person aged 15 years or over who is usually resident in the dwelling does not specify any income, and the combined income of other persons (aged 15 years and over, usually resident in the dwelling) is less than $70,001.
Unemployed and seeking work