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
Ethnicity is the ethnic group(s) that people identify with or feel they belong to. Thus, ethnicity is self-perceived and people can belong to more than one ethnic group.
An ethnic group is defined as a social group whose members:
· share a sense of common origins,
· claim a common and distinctive history and destiny,
· possess one or more dimensions of collective cultural individuality, and
· feel a sense of unique collective solidarity.
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.
Two people of the same sex who are living together as partners.
Sector of landlord
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
Total household income
Unemployed and seeking work