Scheme Benefits

First Home Ownership Withdrawal:

You may be eligible to make a withdrawal to use as a deposit on your first home in New Zealand, or an interest in a dwelling-house on Maori land. We will need to be are satisfied that the purchase is for your principal place of residence and:

  • three years or more have passed since Inland Revenue received the first contribution to a KiwiSaver scheme in respect of you; or
  • you have been a member of one or more KiwiSaver schemes or complying superannuation funds for a combined total period of three years or more.

If you would like to purchase land on which to build your first home, you must apply the first home withdrawal towards the purchase of the land and not towards the building of the home.

The following types of ownership will be ignored for the purposes of the withdrawal:

  • holding an estate in land as a bare trustee;
  • holding a leasehold estate;
  • holding an interest in Maori land; and
  • holding an estate in land as a trustee who
    • is a discretionary, contingent, or vested beneficiary under the relevant trust; but
    • has no reasonable expectation of being entitled to occupy the land as the principal place of residence for the person or the person’s family until the death of the person who currently occupies the land (the occupier) or the death of the occupier’s survivor.

You may also be eligible to make a withdrawal if you have previously owned your own home (including land) and Housing New Zealand confirms that you are now in the same position as a first home buyer in terms of income, assets and liabilities. More information can be found on the Housing New Zealand website at www.hnzc.co.nz.

You must leave at least $1,000 in the Scheme after the withdrawal. In addition, savings transferred to your account from an Australian complying superannuation fund (other than any investment returns since the transfer) cannot be withdrawn.

A first home withdrawal must be paid firstly, from your savings (excluding any Kickstart and MTCs) and secondly, from the MTCs.

You may only make a first home ownership withdrawal once.

We require the follow documentation for First Home Withdrawal applications:

Permanent Emigration Withdrawal (other than to Australia):

After one year from the time you have permanently emigrated from New Zealand you can withdraw your funds (excluding your MTCs and any savings transferred from an Australian complying superannuation fund) or transfer them to an authorised foreign superannuation scheme (none have been authorised as at the date of this document). 

A permanent emigration withdrawal application must be in the form required by us and must include:

  • a statutory declaration completed by you to the effect that you have permanently emigrated from New Zealand; and
  • proof to our satisfaction that you have departed from New Zealand and you have resided at an overseas address at some time during the year following departure from New Zealand.

We may also require that any other documents, evidence or information produced in support of the application are verified by oath or statutory declaration.

 KiwiSaver Permanent Emigration Form 

Permanent Emigration to Australia Withdrawal:

If you permanently emigrate to Australia, you can transfer all of your Scheme savings (including your MTCs and any Kickstart payment) to an Australian complying superannuation fund. As it is not compulsory for Australian complying superannuation fund providers to accept KiwiSaver savings, we recommend first confirming with your Australian superannuation provider that they will accept a transfer. A bank transfer fee may be charged and your Australian complying superannuation fund provider may also charge a fee.

A permanent emigration withdrawal application must be in the form required by us and must include:

  • a statutory declaration completed by you to the effect that you have permanently emigrated to Australia; and
  • proof to our satisfaction that you have departed from New Zealand and you have resided at an Australian address at some time during the year following departure from New Zealand.

We may also require that any other documents, evidence or information produced in support of the application are verified by oath or statutory declaration.

Retirement Benefit:

You will be eligible for a retirement benefit (equal to all of your funds) when you reach your Retirement Date, which is the later of:

  • when you reach New Zealand superannuation qualification age (currently 65); or
  • five years’ membership of a KiwiSaver scheme (or complying superannuation fund, if you transferred to a KiwiSaver scheme). Membership of a KiwiSaver scheme will be based the earlier of when you joined a KiwiSaver scheme, or when Inland Revenue received a contribution in relation to you.

Your retirement benefit is available to be paid to you as a tax paid lump sum.

You can elect to take the benefit at this time, or transfer it to another scheme, or continue to remain a member of the Scheme and take the benefit at a subsequent date.  You may, if you wish, have all or part of your retirement benefit paid to you by instalments at intervals to be agreed with us.  When you wish to have part or all of your retirement benefit paid you should make a request in writing to us (see the PDS for our address).

KiwiSaver Retirement Withdrawal Form

Significant Financial Hardship Benefit:

If you suffer significant financial hardship that, in our opinion, justifies withdrawing some or all of your savings from the Scheme, you will be entitled to receive a hardship benefit.

‘Significant financial hardship’ includes significant financial difficulties that arise because of:

  • your inability to meet minimum living expenses;
  • your inability to meet mortgage repayments on your principal family residence resulting in the mortgagee seeking to enforce the mortgage on the residence;
  • the cost of modifying a residence to meet special needs arising from your or your dependant’s disability;
  • the cost of medical treatment for an illness or injury of yours or your dependants;
  • the cost of palliative care for you or your dependant;
  • the cost of a funeral for your dependant; or
  • you suffering from a serious illness (see below).

This benefit entitles you to withdraw up to the full amount of your savings (excluding any Kickstart payment and any accumulated MTCs) and allows you to remain a member of the Scheme.

We will need to be satisfied that reasonable alternative sources of funding have been explored and have been exhausted. We can also direct that the amount withdrawn be limited to a specified amount that, in our opinion, is required to alleviate the particular hardship.

A significant financial hardship application must be in the form required by us and must include a completed statutory declaration covering your assets and liabilities. We may also require that any other documents, evidence or information produced in support of the application are verified by oath or statutory declaration. This amount will be paid to you as a tax paid lump sum.

KiwiSaver Withdrawal Form

KiwiSaver Assets and Liabilities Form

Serious Illness Benefit:

If we are reasonably satisfied that you are suffering from serious illness, you will be entitled to receive a serious illness benefit.

‘Serious illness’ means an injury, illness, or disability:

  • that results in you being totally and permanently unable to engage in work for which you are suited by reason of experience, education, or training, or any combination of those things; or
  • that poses a serious and imminent risk of death.

This benefit entitles you to withdraw all or part your funds (including any Kickstart payment and any accumulated MTCs) and allows you to remain a member of the Scheme.

A serious illness withdrawal must be in the form required by us. We may also require that any other medical matter asserted in support of the application for withdrawal is verified by medical evidence and that any other documents, evidence or information produced in support of the application are verified by oath or statutory declaration.  

KiwiSaver Withdrawal Form

Death Benefit:

Should you die while a member of the Scheme, a death benefit is payable as a tax paid lump sum.  The benefit will be the amount held in your member’s account and employer’s account (if any).

We will:

  • on application by your personal representative, pay to that person an amount that is equal to the value of your savings the date on which the application is accepted as part of your estate; or
  • if the requirements of section 65 of the Administration Act 1969 are met and your account balance is less than a prescribed amount (currently $15,000), pay to the relevant person any sum authorised by that section, subject to that Act.

This may involve payments being made to your dependants or to your legal personal representative, depending on the circumstances applying at the time.

KiwiSaver Withdrawal Form

Withdrawal to Meet Tax Liability on Foreign Superannuation Withdrawal:

There is now a permitted withdrawal if you have transferred your funds into a KiwiSaver scheme whereby you may withdraw the associated tax and student loan obligations from your funds. To find out more about this, please contact our office by calling 04 978 1250.