Frequently Asked Questions

KiwiSaver is a work-based savings initiative designed to help you prepare financially for your retirement. While you and your employer contribute to your savings, the Government also provides a number of benefits that make KiwiSaver a worthwhile investment for virtually every New Zealander.

Choosing to save into a KiwiSaver scheme is an important financial decision. Government and employer KiwiSaver contributions will help you build your retirement wealth. By participating in KiwiSaver, you can take charge of your financial future.

The key is to choose a KiwiSaver scheme that is tailored to your personal situation. We know there are many KiwiSaver schemes to choose from and you can invest in only one. We have developed a KiwiSaver scheme that has a number of attributes to attract discerning investors like you.

The benefits of KiwiSaver build up from day one. The earlier you start, the sooner you can start building your retirement wealth.

Further information on the NZ Funds KiwiSaver Scheme is contained in the current Product Disclosure Statement which may be downloaded here. A copy is also available on request by contacting NZ Funds.

21 May 2015 - Removal of $1000 Kick-Start Payment

With effect from 2pm on 21 May 2015, the KiwiSaver $1000 government kick-start contribution was removed and is no longer available to members joining KiwiSaver after that time.

1 April 2015 - Changes to First Home withdrawals and Deposit Subsidy

From 1 April 2015, KiwiSaver members are allowed to withdraw member tax credits as part of the first home withdrawal.

Note: Under the KiwiSaver Rules, members must leave a minimum of $1000 in their KiwiSaver account after the withdrawal and any funds transferred from an Australian complying superannuation fund cannot be withdrawn as part of a first home withdrawal.

If you would like to enquire about applying for a first home withdrawal from the NZ Funds KiwiSaver Scheme, please contact your Authorised Financial Adviser or email Aon New Zealand, the Administration Manager, at nzfkiwi@linkmarketservices.com or phone 0800 NZF KIWI (0800 693 5494).

Government Contributions

Member Tax Credit: Members may be entitled to Member Tax Credits of up to $521.43 pa. In order to qualify for the full Member Tax Credit you need to be aged 18 or over and less than the Qualifying Age (currently 65), contribute approximately $20 per week (or a total of at least $1,040 per year) and meet certain other requirements.

Employer Contributions

For employed New Zealanders: In addition to your contributions your employer is generally required to contribute a sum equal to 3% (less tax) of your pay directly into your KiwiSaver account.

For self-employed or not employed New Zealanders: If you are self-employed or not employed, you need to decide how much you want to contribute. If you contribute approximately $20 per week (or a total of at least $1,040 per year) you may qualify for the (annual) Member Tax Credit.

Employee Contributions

If you are employed, contributions will be deducted from your pay and invested in your KiwiSaver account. You can choose to contribute at a rate of 3%, 4% or 8% of your pay.

First Home Assistance

If you qualify, you may be able to withdraw funds from KiwiSaver for the purpose of buying a first home. You may also be eligible for a one-off payment from the Government to help you with your purchase.

Contributions Holiday

If you are an employee, you can apply to take a break from contributing to KiwiSaver. Generally you can only take a contributions holiday after one year of membership. This contributions holiday can last between three months and five years, and the number of contributions holidays allowed is unlimited.

Regardless of whether you are employed, self-employed or not employed, you can join KiwiSaver if you:

  • are a New Zealand citizen or you are entitled to be in New Zealand indefinitely
  • live, or normally live, in New Zealand (with some exceptions) or
  • have not reached the age of eligibility for New Zealand Superannuation (currently 65)

On average we can expect to have a longer and healthier retirement

Based on Statistics New Zealand’s (SNZ) Cohort Life tables, each new decade’s group of 65 year olds can expect, on average, to live between 1.5 and 2.0 years longer than those born 10 years earlier.

For example, if you are 45 today, presuming you reach 65, you can expect on average to live to 89 years if you are a male and 92 years if you are a female.

This graph shows the trend of the recent past and the near future average life expectancy for males and females, once they reach 65, based on SNZ data and our extrapolation of New Zealand’s life expectancy data.

KiwiSaver Life Expectancy Graph

Source: Statistics New Zealand, NZ Funds’ projection. Life expectancy at age 65.

First Home Purchase

You can apply to withdraw some of your investment to purchase a first home in New Zealand if you meet all of the following criteria:

  • you have belonged or contributed to a KiwiSaver scheme or complying superannuation fund for at least three years
  • the property you intend to purchase is, or is intended to be, your principal place of residence
  • you have never held an "estate in land" and
  • you have not made a withdrawal from a KiwiSaver scheme for the purchase of a first home before

Second Chance Withdrawal

In some circumstances, if you have previously owned a house or land you may still be eligible to withdraw your KiwiSaver savings as a second chance withdrawal. To qualify, you have to satisfy the Housing New Zealand criteria. You will need to make an initial application to Housing New Zealand, including details of your income and any assets or liabilities.

KiwiSaver HomeStart Grant

In addition to the first home withdrawal, if you've been a regular contributor to KiwiSaver, you might also be eligible for a grant to help you buy your first home. The grant is administered by Housing New Zealand.

The amount of the grant depends on whether you are are purchasing an existing home or building or purchasing a new home. You could get:

  • $1,000 a year for each year you've been a contributing KiwiSaver member, up to a maximum of $5,000, if your first home will be an existing home; or
  • $2,000 a year for each year you've been a contributing KiwiSaver member, up to a maximum of $10,000, if you are purchasing a new home, a property bought off the plans or land to build a new home on.

Housing New Zealand can confirm if you are eligible for the KiwiSaver HomeStart Grant (income, house price caps and other criteria apply).

For more information, visit the Housing New Zealand website at www.hnzc.co.nz

What are the criteria for a withdrawal from KiwiSaver on the grounds of significant financial hardship?

If you can provide evidence that you are suffering significant financial hardship, you may be able to withdraw some of your KiwiSaver savings. Significant financial hardship includes if you are:

  • unable to meet minimum living expenses
  • unable to meet mortgage repayments on the home you live in, resulting in your mortgage provider enforcing the mortgage on your property
  • modifying your home to meet special needs because you or a dependent family member have a disability
  • paying for medical treatment if you or a dependent family member
    • becomes ill
    • has an injury or
    • requires palliative care
  • suffering from a serious illness or
  • incurring funeral costs if a dependent family member dies

How much can be withdrawn for significant financial hardship?

You may be able to withdraw the current value of contributions you and your employer(s) have made to KiwiSaver. You cannot withdraw Government contributions in the form of the $1,000 kick-start or any Member Tax Credits.

KiwiSaver Serious Illness Withdrawals

If you are seriously ill you can apply to withdraw all of your KiwiSaver savings. You can make a serious illness application if you have an illness, injury or disability that:

  • means you are totally and permanently unable to work in a job suited to your education, experience or training or
  • poses a serious risk of death in the short-term

When do you become eligible for KiwiSaver retirement withdrawals?

You are eligible to access your KiwiSaver funds when you qualify for NZ Superannuation (currently at age 65) and you have been invested in KiwSaver for more than five years. This is referred to as the eligibility age.

From what starting date is the five years in KiwiSaver counted?

The five year qualification date means the earlier of:

  • the date that is five years after the day on which you first became a member of a KiwiSaver scheme or
  • the date that is five years after the day on which the Commissioner of Inland Revenue received your first contribution for a KiwiSaver scheme

What are your options once you reach eligibility age?

Once you reach the eligibility age you have three options:

  1. Do nothing. Just because you are eligible to access your KiwiSaver account doesn't mean you have to! For many people, leaving their funds invested in KiwiSaver presents them with a highly diversified, cost effective retirement savings solution.
  2. Set up a regular withdrawal from your KiwiSaver account to supplement your New Zealand Superannuation or other retirement income sources.
  3. Access some or all of your funds when you need them.

Do I still qualify for the employer contributions?

No you don't qualify. However, if you keep on working your employer is able to make contributions if they wish to, but it is not compulsory. Talk with your employer about this.

Do I still qualify for the Government (MTC) contributions?

No. Once you reach eligibility age you are no longer eligible for Government contributions.

Please note: In the year the member becomes eligible to withdraw they are entitled to the Member Tax Credit for part of that year only.

How do I initiate a KiwiSaver withdrawal from the NZ Funds KiwiSaver Scheme?

Complete the Application for Withdrawal — Retirement Form. Once completed and signed by all parties (yourself and a Statutory Declaration witness), send along with a copy of your photo ID, to verify age, to:

Freepost NZ Funds KiwiSaver Scheme
Private Bag 92050
Victoria Street West
Auckland 1142
P. 0800 693 5494
F. (09) 362 9821
E. kiwisaver@nzfunds.co.nz

What is a statutory declaration and why is it required?

The KiwiSaver Act requires that a statutory declaration is completed by the member prior to withdrawing any Government contributions. A statutory declaration is a written statement declaring something to be true, and is made in the presence of an authorised witness.

This statutory declaration must be signed and dated in front of someone who has the authority to take statutory declarations and they must also sign to confirm that you have signed the declaration in front of them.

The witness for a statutory declaration must be one of the following:

  • Member of Parliament
  • Lawyer
  • Justice of the Peace
  • Registered Legal Executive (Fellow of NZILE) or
  • Government Officer authorised to take statutory declarations

If I want to take out money on a regular basis, what are my options?

Minimum withdrawal amounts:

  • Regular withdrawals: $100 per withdrawal (for weekly, fortnightly and monthly withdrawals)
  • Ad-hoc withdrawals: $500 minimum lump sum (paid within two days after receipt of correctly completed documentation)

When will these withdrawals be paid?

  • Weekly and fortnightly withdrawals will be paid on Tuesdays.
  • Monthly withdrawals: will be made on the 15th of each month (or prior working day if the 15th falls on the weekend or public holiday)
  • Full withdrawals: once a full withdrawal form has been submitted it may take up to 4 weeks before funds are deposited. Part of the process involved with a full withdrawal includes requesting and receiving the member's final Member Tax Credits from the IRD

Can I frequently change the amount of the regular withdrawals from the NZ Funds KiwiSaver Scheme?

The purpose of a regular withdrawal is to provide a stable ongoing payment to the member.

In order to change the amount of the regular withdrawal the member will have to complete a new withdrawal form and await the next process date.

Another (perhaps better) option would be for the member to request a lump sum (one-off) withdrawal which can be processed within two business days of receipt of a correctly filled in form.

Can I still make contributions to the NZ Funds KiwiSaver Scheme after I am eligible to withdraw?

Yes. You are able to make voluntary or employer deducted contributions after you reach eligibility age.

What are Member Tax Credits?

To help you save, the Government will make an annual contribution towards your KiwiSaver account as long as you are a contributing member aged 18 or over.

The maximum annual Member Tax Credit you are entitled to is:

  • $1,042.86 for periods up to and including 30 June 2011
  • $521.43 from 1 July 2011 onwards.

To get the full Member Tax Credit automatically you have to contribute at least $1,042.86 a year. Employer contributions and Government contributions do not count towards eligibility for this credit.

The Government pays 50 cents for every dollar of member contributions annually up to a maximum payment of $521.43. This means that you must contribute $1,042.86 annually to qualify for the maximum payment of $521.43.

If you contribute less than $1,042.86 from your pay, you can make voluntary contributions to ensure you receive the full Member Tax Credit payment from the Government.

Who is eligible for Member Tax Credits?

The Member Tax Credit will be paid each year (around July/August) to members of a KiwiSaver scheme until you are eligible to withdraw your savings, provided:

  • you are 18 or over and
  • you mainly reside in New Zealand except for:
    • a government employee who is serving outside New Zealand or
    • a person who is working overseas:
      - as a volunteer, or for token payment, for a charitable organisation named in the Student Loan Act regulations and
      - the work meets one or more of the requirements set out in the Student Loan Schemes Act 1992

What if I turn 18 part way through a year?

When you turn 18, you will receive a Member Tax Credit for the number of days in the year (1 July to 30 June) that you are 18.

What happens to Member Tax Credits when I turn 65?

Once you turn 65, if you have been in KiwiSaver for more than 5 years your entitlement to Member Tax Credits ceases. If you have not been in KiwiSaver for five years by the time you turn 65 then your entitlement to Member Tax Credits will continue until you have been in for five years. In order to receive these Member Tax Credits in this case you will need to contribute the required minimum of $1,042 into your KiwiSaver account.

When Are Member Tax Credits Paid?

We will claim the tax credit on your behalf after 1 July each year. You do not have to do anything. Your Member Tax Credit will appear in your KiwiSaver account within a month of us having made the claim.

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Client complaints

Our business philosophy is to establish and enhance long-term, positive relationships with all of our clients. We recognise though that from time to time, despite our very best efforts, clients may wish to make a complaint. It is important in such instances that clients have an efficient mechanism through which they can receive a fair consideration of their concerns.

If you have a complaint contact us:


Complaints Handling Officer
New Zealand Funds Management Limited
Private Bag 92163
Auckland 1142

0508 733 337
info@nzfunds.co.nz

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How we deal with complaints

Upon receipt of your complaint we will immediately log it into our complaints register and it will be forwarded to the appropriate staff member for consideration.

Within five working days of receipt, we will provide you with a letter of acknowledgement that your complaint has been received. We will endeavour to keep you notified and updated on the progress of our consideration.

If your complaint cannot be resolved to your satisfaction through our internal complaints process you can elect to take it up with NZ Funds' independent dispute resolutions scheme.


Financial Services Complaints Limited
PO Box 5967
Wellington 6011

0800 347 257
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