The Government contributes towards your KiwiSaver account too, but only if you do.

30 May 2017 / Published in Your Money

KiwiSaver is all about saving for your future. One of the benefits is that each year for every $1 you put in, the Government will contribute $0.50, up to $521.43.

Whether your immediate future is buying a house, or you’re looking to the long term and thinking about your retirement savings, having the Government contribute another 50% on top of what you save (up to a maximum of $521.43) is a great opportunity, and could help you reach your goal.

Now is the time of year to check your contributions and make any top ups so you get the full annual Government contribution. We’ll need to receive your extra contributions by 27 June to make sure they’re in your ASB KiwiSaver Scheme account by 30 June.

Am I eligible for the annual Government contribution?

To receive the maximum $521.43 you need to have contributed at least $1,042.86 between 1 July 2016 and 30 June 2017, and:

  • Aged 18 or over.
  • Live mainly in New Zealand.
  • Not yet eligible to make retirement withdrawals.

Have I contributed enough?

If you earn $34,762 or more per year and you contribute at least 3% out of your pay, you’re likely to have contributed enough to get the full $521.43. If you’re not sure how much you’ve contributed, here’s how you can see if you’re on track to contribute $1,042.86 between 1 July 2016 and 30 June 2017:

  • If you’re an ASB KiwiSaver Scheme member, log in to FastNet Classic internet banking to review your voluntary contributions.
  • Use IRD’s My KiwiSaver service to find out how much you’ve contributed from your salary or wages.
  • Check your payslips to see how much you’ve contributed from your salary or wages.

What do I need to do?

If you’re already on track to contributing $1,042.86 between 1 July 2016 and 30 June 2017, there’s nothing else for you to do. But if you haven’t, there’s still time for you to contribute more.

How do I make extra contributions?

The great thing is that putting away even an extra $20, could get you $10 from the Government.

Get ahead on next year’s payments

If you don’t think your salary or wage contributions will be enough to get you the maximum annual Government contribution in the coming year, you could start making regular extra payments from 1 July 2017 to make this time next year easier for you.

If you’re an ASB KiwiSaver Scheme member you could:

Read more about making extra contributions to the ASB KiwiSaver Scheme.

We need to have received your direct ASB KiwiSaver Scheme contributions by 27 June 2017 so we can ensure they are in your ASB KiwiSaver Scheme account by the end of June. You’ll need to transfer any True Rewards Dollars by 9pm on 25 June to ensure they are processed by the end of June.

Interests in the ASB KiwiSaver Scheme (Scheme) are issued by ASB Group Investments Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of ASB Bank Limited (ASB). ASB provides Scheme administration and distribution services. No person guarantees interests in the Scheme. Interests in the Scheme are not deposits or other liabilities of ASB. They are subject to investment risk, including possible loss of income and principal invested. For more information see the ASB KiwiSaver Scheme Product Disclosure Statement available from this website and the register of offers of financial products at https://www.companiesoffice.govt.nz/disclosew (search for ASB KiwiSaver Scheme).


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