Kickstart your savings with KiwiSaver

By MAS Team | 27 July 2020

We all imagine spending our golden years cruising the world on luxury liners. But it's what we do now that decides the reality of our retirement. The earlier you start saving, the better. KiwiSaver makes it easy. So whatever your saving goal is, here are the ins, outs and need-to-knows so you can get your nest egg sorted. 


What's KiwiSaver?

KiwiSaver is a government scheme that helps Kiwis save for retirement. It was set up as a way to build a nest egg of cash that's paid out to all New Zealanders over the age of 65. That might seem a long way off now, but if there's one thing your olds are likely to say about saving – it's probably that they wish they'd started sooner. 

Making it grow.

When you enter the working world, you're automatically enrolled in KiwiSaver. Then a small percentage of your salary will be put into your KiwiSaver account every pay check. So it's a good idea to boost the amount you contribute early to see your savings grow quicker. Cha-ching. 

Plus, whatever you put into your KiwiSaver, your employer is obligated to match the minimum contribution of 3%. Thanks boss. Better yet, if you're eligible and contribute at least $1,042.86 a year, the Government will make an annual contribution of $521.43. Pretty sweet, right?

How can you use it?

Yes, it's your money. But when it's securely invested in KiwiSaver, you can't just access it willy-nilly. You can only take it out and use it when:

a) you retire when you turn 65. 

b) you're looking to buy your first home. 

c) you're experiencing serious financial hardship. 

After living overseas for over a year, you may also use your KiwiSaver to set yourself up abroad permanently. Nothing personal but that doesn't include Australia, sorry. Although you may be able to transfer your funds to a similar superannuation scheme. 

The fun of choosing a fund. 

With KiwiSaver, you don't need to be the Wolf of Wall Street to get in on the investment game. Your savings are invested in your chosen fund which is managed by expert investors. Different funds have different levels of risk, to suit different people, at different stages of their lives. 

Generally, the more time you have to save the better off you'd be in a fund with higher returns over the long term. For more info, get in touch with one of our financial advisers here

How you go about choosing your fund is your business. But it should depend on what you plan to achieve and by when. Want to find the right fund for you? This KiwiSaver Fund finder should help. 

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Get started with KiwiSaver early.

Whether you're wanting to save for your first home, retirement or even if you don't have a goal in mind yet, there's stacks of reasons to get your KiwiSaver sorted. Take the steps towards a retirement filled with shuffle board on the top deck. Or at least towards securing your financial future. What have you got to lose?

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