$1,000 kick-start payment

If you joined KiwiSaver before 2pm on 21 May 2015, the Government will kick-start your account with a tax-free contribution of $1,000.

Note

New members who join on or after 2pm 21 May 2015 are not eligible for this payment.

Not sure if you're eligible?

If you enrolled through a scheme provider

You need to contact your scheme provider to discuss the date they advised us that you joined. If this was:

  • before 2pm 21 May 2015 you'll receive the kick-start payment
  • after 2pm 21 May 2015 you won't receive the kick-start payment. 

If you enrolled through your employer as a new employee before 2pm 21 May 2015

If … then you'll…
the first KiwiSaver deduction from your pay was made before 2pm 21 May 2015 receive the kick-start payment automatically.
the first KiwiSaver deduction from your pay was made on or after 2pm 21 May 2015

need to get written confirmation from your employer of your employment start date, and post it to:

KiwiSaver kick-start contribution
PO Box 39090
Wellington Mail Centre
Lower Hutt 5045

If you enrolled through your employer as an existing employee before 2pm 21 May 2015

If … then you'll…
the first KiwiSaver deduction from your pay was made before 2pm 21 May 2015 receive the kick-start payment automatically.
the first KiwiSaver deduction from your pay was made on or after 2pm 21 May 2015

need to get written confirmation from your employer of the date you gave your employer your completed KS2, and post it to:

KiwiSaver kick-start contribution
PO Box 39090
Wellington Mail Centre
Lower Hutt 5045

When a kick-start is paid

The kick-start is paid into your account about 3 months after Inland Revenue receives:

  • your first contribution, or
  • notification of your membership.

The kick-start is not a cash payment - it goes straight into your account.

You can only get one kick-start

You can only get the kick-start once. If you stop being a KiwiSaver member, for example you move overseas, you won't get another payment even if you've returned to New Zealand and started another KiwiSaver account.