The 1996 Tokelau Census of Population and Dwellings, like the previous censuses, was conducted to provide the administration, planners and policy-makers with up-to-date statistical information on demographic and socio-economic developments. This data is needed for planning purposes, and to evaluate the success and failure of programmes and projects. The 1996 census was conductedaccording to the Tokelau Census Regulations, 1961. These regulations require a census to be carried out every five years. The previous censues was conducted in 1991.
One of the main objectives of the 1996 census was to improve the technical and administrative capabilities of the Planning and Statistics Unit of the Department of Support Services and Finance to enable it to plan, design, execute, process and analyse its population censuses.
Kind of Data
Census/enumeration data [cen]
Version 01: Cleaned, labelled and de-identified version of the Master file.
Unit of Analysis
Households and Individuals.
De jure household member (usual residents).
Producers and sponsors
Authoring entity/Primary investigators
Tokelau National Statistics Office
Government of Tokelau
Statistics New Zealand
Aid and assistance
Department of Support Services and Fiance
Aid and assistance
Dates of Data Collection (YYYY/MM/DD)
Mode of data collection
2 census supervisors were deployed by the Pacific Community (SPC).
Type of Research Instrument
Preparations for the Tokelau census started in 1995, when the SPC Population and Demography Programme was asked to prepare details of the design, costing, collection and processing of the 1996 census questionnaire. The census questionnaire in its final version was approved by the Tokelau Government mid-1996.
Published in English, the questionnaire is divided into 2 main sections:
- Household Schedule: collects information on household characteristics, sanitation, water access, energy, waste disposal, household durables, livestock, remittances.
- Individual Schedule: collects information on individual characteristics, religion, ethnicity, education, economic activities, fertility.
"Tokelau National Statistics Office, Population and Housing Census 1996 (PHC 1996), Version 01 of the licensed datasets (December 2015) provided by the Pacific Microdata Library. http://pdl.spc.int/index.php/home"
Disclaimer and copyrights
The user of the data acknowledges that the original collector of the data, the authorized distributor of the data, and the relevant funding agency bear no responsibility for use of the data or for interpretations or inferences based upon such uses.