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KiwiSaver Updates – 1 April 2015
KiwiSaver First Home Withdrawal
- There are no house price caps or income limits for the KiwiSaver first home withdrawal. However, there are house price caps relating to the KiwiSaver HomeStart Grant – more on that shortly.
- You will need to apply to your provider and meet the criteria for a first home (or a second-chance) withdrawal. If you have already applied for your KiwiSaver withdrawal before 1 April 2015 for a purchase that is due to settle, you may need to reapply to withdraw additional contributions that you are now eligible for.
- You cannot use KiwiSaver funds for payment of a deposit, but the amount of your KiwiSaver can be taken into consideration during your finance discussions with the bank. The KiwiSaver funds will be paid to your solicitor’s trust account on or prior to settlement.
KiwiSaver HomeStart Grant
If you are purchasing an existing home:
- For each year of contribution to your KiwiSaver account, you can receive a HomeStart Grant of $1,000 – from a minimum of $3,000 to a maximum of $5,000 per person. This means that a couple purchasing an existing home can receive a HomeStart Grant of up to $10,000.
If you are purchasing a newly built home:
- For each year of contribution to your KiwiSaver account, you can receive a HomeStart Grant of $2,000 – from a minimum of $6,000 to a maximum of $10,000 per person. This means that a couple purchasing a newly built home can receive a HomeStart Grant of up to $20,000.
House price caps have been increased as of 1 April 2015 to reflect the rise in house prices across New Zealand. You will only be eligible for a HomeStart Grant if the house you are purchasing is within the maximum house price cap.
|Region||Price Caps as of 1 April 2015|
|Hamilton City, Tauranga City, Western Bay of Plenty District, Kapiti Coast District, Porirua City, Upper Hutt City, Hutt City, Wellington City, Nelson City, Tasman District, Waimakariri District, Christchurch City, Selwyn District, Queenstown Lakes District||$450,000|
|Rest of New Zealand||$350,000|