You can withdraw your KiwiSaver savings when you qualify for New Zealand Superannuation (currently at the age of 65). However, if you joined KiwiSaver between the age of 60 and 65, you'll only be able to withdraw your savings after you've been a KiwiSaver member for five years. For members who join KiwiSaver Scheme after 01 July 2019, this 5 years lock-in period will not apply, for more information, please read the summary of KiwiSaver regulation changes.
For more information about withdrawals once you've reached retirement age, please download the KiwiSaver Retirement Withdrawals Guide.
Your KiwiSaver account is designed to help you save for your future and your savings are locked in until you qualify for New Zealand Super. There are a few instances where you may be eligible to make an early withdrawal from your KiwiSaver account. Find out more about Early Withdrawals below.
You may be eligible to withdraw your savings (leaving a minimum of $1,000 in your account) to put towards buying your first home once three years have passed since Inland Revenue received your first KiwiSaver contribution, or the date you first joined KiwiSaver.
Find out more about First Home Withdrawals.
You may be able to withdraw your KiwiSaver savings early if you are experiencing a terminal illness or permanent disability affecting your ability to work.
You can download the Serious Illness Withdrawal application form from the Documents and Forms section.
If you are suffering significant financial hardship and can provide appropriate evidence of this, you may be able to withdraw some of your savings.
Significant Financial Hardship claims are given careful consideration by the Supervisor who has sole discretion as to whether or not to approve your claim.
Significant Financial Hardship may include financial difficulties that arise from a number of circumstances:
Find out more in the Significant Financial Hardship Form.
If you have moved overseas permanently, and have been living overseas for at least one year, you may be able to withdraw your KiwiSaver savings (including any Government contributions you have received since joining KiwiSaver).
To apply for a Permanent Emigration Withdrawal, please download the Permanent Emigration Withdrawal Form. You can also contact us to find out more about your situation and whether you qualify for a Permanent Emigration Withdrawal.
If you’re permanently moving to Australia, the Trans-Tasman Portability scheme is in place. This means you are unable to withdraw your KiwiSaver savings as your KiwiSaver account is portable across the Tasman. Find out more in the Trans-Tasman Portability Guide.