KiwiSaver is a voluntary, work-based savings initiative, created by the government to help New Zealanders prepare financially for retirement. KiwiSaver is designed to be hassle-free, so it’s easy to keep up a regular savings habit.
To join KiwiSaver, you must meet three conditions. You must be:
KiwiSaver is an easy way to save for your retirement. If you’re in paid employment, you can choose to have contributions deducted directly from your salary or wages before tax – your 'gross' income. Contribute at a rate of 3%, 4% or 8%.
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Usually, your savings in KiwiSaver will be locked in until you meet both the following conditions. You must:
But in some cases you may be able to take out your savings earlier. For example if you're:
Other situations where your KiwiSaver money can be withdrawn early include:
Conditions apply to all of these situations so not everyone will be eligible for an early withdrawal.
If you have any queries or want to know more: