What happens when you turn 65?

Turning 65 opens up new options for your KiwiSaver account.

Where will your retirement income come from?

When you retire, your income can come from three sources.


Choose the right fund for your retirement timeframe

The amount of time you have until you retire can have an influence on which of our funds you choose to invest in.

If you’re not planning to retire for at least a few years, you may want to consider a fund with a higher level of risk and potential reward. This is because you have more time for the ‘ups and downs’ that can happen with higher-risk funds to even out.

If you’re close to retirement, you may want to consider a lower risk fund which is more stable, giving you more certainty about how much money you’ll have when you retire.

The table below shows the minimum recommended investment timeframes for each of the funds in the OneAnswer KiwiSaver Schemes.


Multi-asset-class funds

Minimum recommended investment timeframe

Growth Fund

7 years

Balanced Growth Fund

6 years

Balanced Fund

5 years

Conservative Balanced Fund

5 years

Conservative Fund

4 years


Single-asset-class funds

Minimum recommended investment timeframe

Cash Fund

No minimum

New Zealand Fixed Interest Fund

5 years

International Fixed Interest Fund

5 years

Australasian Property Fund

10 years

International Property Fund

10 years

Australasian Share Fund

10 years

International Share Fund

10 years

Sustainable International Share Fund

10 years

Are you in our Lifetimes option?

Depending on your retirement timeframe, you may want to check whether the Lifetimes option is still right for you.

Your KiwiSaver options when you turn 65

You can usually begin withdrawing your KiwiSaver savings once you turn 65 – but you don’t have to.

It’s important to consider how you’ll use your KiwiSaver savings to meet your financial needs throughout your retirement – especially as Kiwis are working and living longer. That’s why KiwiSaver has a range of options, depending on your situation.




Make sure you're on track

Get expert advice

For advice on KiwiSaver or help choosing the right investment option, talk to an investment adviser. If you don't have one, we offer free expert advice from our team of qualified ANZ Investment Advisers.

KiwiSaver calculator

Use our easy online calculator to see if you're on track to have the retirement lifestyle you want. Making the right choices now could make a big difference to your future.

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Important information

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