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 dependent child is a child who is aged under 18 years and who is not in full-time employment.
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.
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.
Labour force status
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.
Sector of landlord
Sex is the biological distinction between males and females.
Temporarily absent (household and family statistics)
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.
The basis of total population statistics is the de facto "population present" at the place of enumeration on census night. Members of the New Zealand armed forces serving overseas at the census date are excluded, as well as New Zealand residents who are temporarily out of the country on census night. Visitors from overseas in New Zealand on census night are included in the census count.
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.