While Craig and Brent from Mortgage Connect are not able to give you specific, personalised advice on KiwiSaver, they are qualified to offer general advice, known legally as ‘Class Advice’.
Mortgage Connect works with Generate, an award-winning, New Zealand owned KiwiSaver specialist who focuses on providing top performance, great service and valuable advice to Kiwis.
There is a range of membership benefits to encourage you to get saving with KiwiSaver. They include regular contributions from your employer and an annual Government contribution. Some people may also be eligible for help with the deposit on their first home.
KiwiSaver schemes are managed by private sector companies called KiwiSaver providers. You can choose which KiwiSaver provider to invest your money with.
KiwiSaver is not guaranteed by the Government. This means you make your investment choices in a KiwiSaver scheme at your own risk.
How you make contributions
For many people, KiwiSaver will be work-based. This means you’ll receive information about KiwiSaver from your employer, and your KiwiSaver contributions will come straight out of your pay.
If you choose to join, contributions are deducted from your pay at the rate of either 3%, 4%, 6%, 8% or 10% (you choose the rate) and invested for you in a KiwiSaver scheme.
If you’re self-employed or not working, you agree with your KiwiSaver provider how much you want to contribute and make payments directly to them.
When you can get your money
Your KiwiSaver savings will generally be locked in until you’re eligible for NZ Super (currently 65).
You may be able to make an early withdrawal of part (or all) of your savings if you’re:
- buying your first home
- moving overseas permanently
- suffering significant financial hardship
- seriously ill.
What you will get when you retire
NZ Super provides for a basic standard of living in retirement, but it may not be enough for the kind of retirement you want. Having a KiwiSaver account doesn’t affect your eligibility for NZ Super or reduce the amount of NZ Super you would be eligible for.
KiwiSaver savings will complement NZ Super to provide you with a better standard of living for your retirement.