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An absentee is a person who is identified on the census dwelling form as usually living in a particular dwelling but who did not complete a census individual form at that dwelling because they were elsewhere in New Zealand or overseas at the time of the census. A person listed as an absentee on a census dwelling form may complete a census individual form elsewhere in New Zealand.

Included as absentees in the census are children away at boarding school, and people away on business, on holiday, in hospital and so on. Long-term hospital patients and university and other tertiary students who live away from the dwelling for most of the year
are excluded.

Access to telecommunication systems

Access to telecommunication systems measures whether a household has access to: a cellphone/mobile phone (that is in the dwelling all or most of the time); a telephone; a fax and/or the Internet, to communicate with people outside the dwelling and to use services provided through these media. This requires the device to be in working order and for there to be a working connection.


The 2006 Census activities question is used to gather and provide information on the level of unpaid work that is carried out in New Zealand households.

Refer also to ‘unpaid work’.

Adult child

A 'child in a family nucleus' who is aged 15 years and over and employed full time, or a 'child in a family nucleus' who is aged 18 years and over.

Refer also to 'child in a family nucleus' and 'employed'.


Age is the length of time a person has been alive, measured in complete, elapsed years. It is measured as the difference between 'date of birth' and '7 March 2006'.

Age imputation

Age imputation supplies an age in years where the value for the age variable is missing. Age will be missing if an age cannot be calculated from the response to the date of birth question.

Age is imputed using various other responses from the individual, for example whether the respondent is legally married, and the known distribution of ages in the population.

Refer also to ‘imputation’.

Area unit

Area units are aggregations of meshblocks. They are non-administrative areas that are in between meshblocks and territorial authorities in size. Area units must either define or aggregate to define: regional councils; territorial authorities; urban areas; and statistical areas.

Each area unit must be a single geographic entity with a unique name referring to a geographical feature. Area units of main or secondary urban areas generally coincide with suburbs or parts thereof.

Area units within urban areas normally contain a population of 3,000–5,000, though this can vary due to such things as industrial areas, port areas, and rural areas within the urban area boundaries.

In rural areas, the straddling of some territorial authorities over regional boundaries has resulted in a number of area units having only two or three meshblocks and a very low population count.

Refer also to ‘meshblock’, ‘territorial authority’, ‘regional council’, ‘urban area’, ‘main urban area’, ‘secondary urban area’ and ‘statistical area’.

Availability for work

Availability for work refers to whether the respondent would have started a paid job in the week ended 5 March 2006, had a job been available. Availability for work is one of the variables that contributes to the derivation of labour force status. This question only applied to those aged 15 years and over who were not employed.

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