Kiwisaver Retirement Scheme

The Features and Benefits of joining New Zealand’s Kiwisaver scheme

This is of particular interest to New Zealanders of those about to become New Zealanders. If you are from another country some of the information may be applicable to your situation since most countries has its own retirement savings scheme with incentives to encourage people to join in the scheme.

WHAT IS KIWISAVER

It is New Zealand’s retirement savings scheme. Kiwisaver began July 1st 2007 as a scheme to encourage New Zealanders to contribute to their retirement savings. It has been acknowledged that New Zealanders are good at spending but not good at saving; the scheme was devised to address this fact.

INCENTIVES

When kiwisaver was first introduced everyone who joined received $1,000 to kickstart their fund. On top of that was the $1040 per annum from the government. To receive this investors had to have invested at the minimum $1,040 to receive the complete amount. In other words, the government will match your contribution dollar for dollar to a maximum of $1,040.

However, The National Finance MInister Bill English removed the $1,000 kick start and halved the $1,040 annual contribution to $520 to balance the books during the Global Financial Crisis. (GFC)

Kiwisaver is nevertheless a fantastic scheme for investing money for your retirement though.

EMPLOYER CONTRIBUTIONS

Your employer contributions to your kiwisaver are 3% of your gross income so with your contributions + government contributions + employer contributions you will be left with a tidy sum on reaching the retirement age of 65 (New Zealand).

FEATURES AND BENEFITS

There are so many features and benefits of joining kiwisaver and it is important to discriminate between the two.

characterize is your money is locked in until you reach the age of 65

assistance is you will have a pot of money ready for you when you retire.

50% RETURN ON YOUR MONEY

Depositing $1,040 into your kiwisaver every year in order to receive the complete $520 is the same as receiving 50% on your investment for the first year; this is tax-free which makes joining kiwisaver a no-brainer.

OTHER BENEFITS

Another assistance of joining kiwisaver is that if you were to have investments and you end up on a government assistance, the interest earned on your money counts as income for assessing your entitlements. You are allowed to earn up to $160 (gross) before your government assistance is affected.

This is not applicable to those on Super which is the name for New Zealand’s pension. Those on a pension are allowed to earn as much as they like and their pension is unaffected. (Super is short for Superannuation)

WILLS

It is important to have a will otherwise legal expenses could swallow up your estate’s funds including kiwisaver if the unthinkable happens.

SUMMARY

Kiwisaver is a terrific scheme for putting money aside for your latter years. You are promoted to read more about the scheme by reading books about kiwisaver from your local library or doing some research online.

Leave a Reply