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Census

About the SURF
Dataset
Activities

The 2006 Census SURF allows teachers and students to study relationships between variables from the 2006 Census of Population and Dwellings. The 2006 Census SURF (synthetic unit-record file) contains unit-records for 300 individuals for each of the 16 regional councils around New Zealand, and 11 variables, based on data from the 2006 Census of Population and Dwellings.

These records are not about real people, but were generated using statistical techniques to give them similar characteristics to census respondents. This modification helps Statistics New Zealand prevent any unintentional disclosure of data about an individual’s personal information.

The 2006 Census SURF includes a dataset (in Excel format), information on how the dataset was constructed, and some activities. The activities are designed to give ideas on how the 2006 Census SURF can be used at different levels in the classroom, and to link to the statistics strand of the New Zealand Curriculum.

About the 2006 Census of Population and Dwellings

Every five years Statistics NZ makes an official count of the population and dwellings in New Zealand. Statistics NZ conducted the 2006 Census of Population and Dwellings on Tuesday 7 March 2006.

The census provides a 'snapshot' of how many people were in New Zealand on census night and the number of dwellings there were in the country. It also provides a host of other useful information that relates to who we are and how and where we live.

The census provides key information about the people living in our cities, towns, suburbs, and rural communities.

This activity was first released in 2008.

Dataset

SURF 

Dataset 

Census 2006

Census 2006 (Excel, 17 pages, 951kb)

    
List of variables for Census

Variable name

Variable description

Codes

Notes

Personid

Unique person identifier

Whole number up to 3 digits in length

 

Sex

  • Male
  • Female
  • Male
  • Female

Categorical data

Work and labour force status

  • Whether the individual is employed or not, and whether they work full- or part-time.
  • Individuals who are unemployed or not in the labour force are listed as not employed
  • Employed full-time
  • Employed full-time
  • Employed part-time
  • Not employed

Categorical data

Qualification

The highest educational qualification that the individual has achieved

  • Highest qualification:
  • No qualification
  • School qualification
  • Vocational or trade qualification
  • Bachelor's or higher degree

Categorical data

Ethnicity

  • European
  • Māori
  • Pacific people
  • Other
  • European
  • Māori
  • Pacific
  • Other

Categorical data

Personal income

Personal annual income of the individual

  • $5,000 or less
  • $5,001 – $10,000
  • $10,001 – $20,000
  • $20,001 – $30,000
  • $30,001 – $50,000
  • $50,001 or more

Categorical data

Age

Age of individual

  • 15–24 years
  • 25–34 years
  • 35–44 years
  • 45–54 years
  • 55–64 years
  • 65 years and over

Categorical data

Main means of travel to work

Reported mode of travel to work on 7 March 2006. Those with work and labour force status of not employed are listed here as not employed

  • Bicycle
  • Did not travel to work
  • Drove a car, truck, or van
  • Motor cycle or power cycle
  • Not employed
  • Other passenger in a car, truck, van, or company bus
  • Public transport
  • Walked or jogged

Categorical data

Hours worked

Usual hours worked in employment each week. Those with work and labour force status of not employed are listed here as not employed -1-19 hours

  • 20–29 hours
  • 30–39 hours
  • 40–49 hours
  • 50 hours or more
  • Not employed

Categorical data

Cigarette smoking status

The current smoking status of individuals

  • Ex-smoker
  • Never smoked regularly
  • Regular smoker

Categorical data

Access to a cellphone/mobile phone

Access to a cellphone/mobile phone for the household where the individual lives

  • No
  • Yes

Categorical data

Access to the Internet

Access to the Internet for the household where the individual lives

  • No
  • Yes

Categorical data

Activities

For activity ideas, go to the SURF activities page here.

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