Accessing your investment

Accessing your investment

Your Mercer KiwiSaver scheme account is designed to help you boost your standard of living in retirement. Generally, you’ll only be able to access your KiwiSaver funds once you reach the qualifying age for NZ Super, currently age 65, or – if you joined after you turned 60 – once you’ve been a member for 5 years. For those who join KiwiSaver after 01 July 2019, the 5 years lock-in period may not apply.

To find out how much you're likely to need in retirement check out our Retirement Income Simulator tool.

For more information on the new rules for those joining after turning 60, please read the summary of Mercer KiwiSaver scheme regulatory update.

EARLY WITHDRAWALS

You may be able to make an early withdrawal of part, or all of your savings if you're:

First home withdrawal

Once you’ve been a contributing KiwiSaver member for three years, you can withdraw all or part of your savings to use towards the purchase of your first home.  Before you take the leap and cash in your retirement savings to buy your first home, read our free guide to the KiwiSaver Home Start Scheme.

Serious illness

If you’re suffering from a terminal illness or can no longer work due to a permanent disability, you may be eligible to withdraw all or part of your savings.  
Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

You’ll need to fill out an application form:

SIGNIFICANT FINANCIAL HARDSHIP

If you’re experiencing significant financial hardship, you may be able to withdraw some of your KiwiSaver savings. You’ll need to provide evidence to support your application and not every application is approved.

You’ll need to fill out an application form, but before you do, please call us and we’ll talk you through the rules and send you the form:

PERMANENT EMIGRATION

If you've moved overseas permanently and have been living overseas for a minimum of one year, you can withdraw your KiwiSaver savings from the Mercer KiwiSaver scheme.

If you’ve moved to Australia you can’t cash in your account but you can transfer your KiwiSaver to an approved Australian super fund under the Trans-Tasman Portability scheme.

In either case you’ll need to fill out an application form:

The information contained on this page is intended for general guidance only and is not personalised to you. It does not take into account your particular financial situation or goals. Before making any investment decision, you should refer to the product disclosure statement or consult an appropriately authorised adviser.

The features of the Scheme described in this website incorporate changes to the KiwiSaver Act that were made by Parliament in March 2019. Those changes have yet to be included in the product disclosure statement for the Scheme. For a summary of the changes that were made to the KiwiSaver rules in March, see Mercer KiwiSaver scheme regulatory update.
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