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Weekly rent paid by households

Definition

'Weekly rent paid by households' is the total weekly monetary amount spent by the household on obtaining shelter in a private dwelling.

Relationship to questionnaire(s)

Data on weekly rent paid by households is derived from questions 11 and 12 on the dwelling form (PDF 783kb).

Subject population

The subject population is the people, families, households or dwellings to whom the variable applies.

The subject population for this variable is households who make rent payments in rented private occupied dwellings.

Note: To get the correct subject population and correct data for weekly rent paid by households, it is necessary to select the 'dwelling not owned by usual resident(s), who make rent payments' category from the 'tenure of household' variable. Otherwise weekly rent paid by households data will include data for households who do not rent the dwelling they live in and whose tenure of household falls into other categories, such as the 'owning' categories.

Non-response rate

The 2006 non-response rate was 2.7 percent.

The 2001 non-response rate was 4.3 percent.

Quality Management Strategy priority level

Weekly rent paid by household is a defining variable.

The Census Quality Management Strategy assigns a priority level to all census variables.

Defining variables cover key subject populations that are important for policy development, evaluation or monitoring. These variables are given secondary priority in terms of quality, time and resources across all phases of the 2006 Census.

All data must meet minimum quality standards in order to make it suitable for use.

Comparability with 1996 and 2001 Census data

There are no major issues affecting the comparability of this data with 1996 and 2001 Census data, however:

  • New rent band categories that provide greater disaggregation of rents above $350 have been introduced for the 2006 Census.
  • These new categories are for use with data at national level, however, 2006 data will also be available using the same categories as in 2001. Regional data from the 2006 Census will be produced using the same categories as in 2001.

Significant issues

There is an undercount of households renting from Housing New Zealand Corporation (HNZC) and other agencies.

Comparing census data with Housing New Zealand Corporation (HNZC) data indicates that there was an undercount of approximately 25 percent in 2006, and approximately 15 percent in 2001. It is not possible to give exact figures, as the HNZC data relates to a different time period and could include dwellings that were unoccupied at the time of the census.

The undercount is due largely to respondent error in filling out the tenure-related questions and a high non-response rate for these households. Only households that responded yes to question 11 'does this household pay rent' and gave valid responses for both sections of question 12 'how much rent does this household pay', can be included in the subject population.

Other things to be aware of

  • To get the correct subject population and correct data for weekly rent paid by households, it is necessary to select the 'dwelling not owned by usual resident(s), who make rent payments' category from the 'tenure of household' variable. Otherwise weekly rent paid by households data will include data for households who do not rent the dwelling they live in and whose tenure of household falls into other categories, such as the 'owning' categories.
  • All census data was subject to considerable checks (including edits) during processing and evaluation, to ensure that it meets quality standards and is suitable for use. These checks were applied to data supplied both on paper and on Internet forms. In addition to these quality checks, the Internet form had built-in editing functionality that directed respondents to the appropriate questions and ensured that their responses were valid. As a result of this, data from Internet forms may be of higher overall quality than data from paper forms. The significance of this will depend on the particular type of analysis being done.
  • There were differences between how the forms were completed on the Internet and on paper for this variable:
    • If the respondent answered 'yes' to owning or partly owning the dwelling, the rent-related questions were greyed out on the Internet form and could not be answered. When forms were filled in on paper, it was possible for the respondent to miss the questionnaire routing and answer the rent-related questions after ticking 'yes' to owning or partly owning the dwelling.
    • The Internet form allowed only one response to be selected for the rent indicator and rent period questions. If a further response was selected, the response given previously disappeared. Multiple responses to these questions were possible when forms were completed on paper.
    • On the Internet it was only possible to give a rent amount and rent period if the answer to the rent indicator question was 'yes', and only numeric responses were permitted in the space provided. When forms were completed on paper, it was possible to give a rent amount and rent period without having answered the rent indicator question, and to give a non-numeric response in the space provided.
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