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.
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For more information on the new rules for those joining after turning 60, please read the summary of Mercer KiwiSaver scheme regulatory update.
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.
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:
You may be eligible to access some of your KiwiSaver money early if you are experiencing significant financial hardship. Although it’s important to remember that KiwiSaver is a long-term investment and withdrawing your KiwiSaver money early can have a significant impact on your future first home or retirement savings. Therefore, prior to proceeding with a financial hardship withdrawal application, we recommend that you first explore the Government’s covid-19 financial support package (includes help with essential costs) and the bank financial support options (including a mortgage holiday for up to 6 months).
If you believe you have exhausted all other financial assistance options available to you outside of KiwiSaver and would still like to apply, please contact us by emailing KiwiSaverEarlyRelease@mercer.com or calling 0508 637 237. We can talk you through the eligibility criteria, answer any queries you may have and send you the application form.
An independent Scheme Supervisor is required to assess and approve financial hardship withdrawal applications and ensure that the applicant is suffering or is likely to be suffering financial hardship based on the supporting evidence provided.
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.
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