The changes now make it possible for certain foster parents and kin carers to open a KiwiSaver account for a child in their care if they have been appointed the child’s guardian or special guardian by a court order under the Oranga Tamariki Act 1989.
- Children under the age of 16 can only be enrolled in KiwiSaver if all of their guardians provide consent.
- Children under the age of 16 with an Oranga Tamariki guardian can be enrolled in KiwiSaver by the Oranga Tamariki guardian (without consent from any of their other guardians).
- Children aged 16 or 17 can be enrolled in KiwiSaver if one of their guardians or Oranga Tamariki guardian co-signs the application with the child.
Previously, the relatively narrow definition of ‘CYPFA guardian’ generally restricted a foster parent or kin carer from opening a KiwiSaver account for children in their care. We can still accept a court order for a ‘CYPFA guardian’ under section 110(1)(a) to (d) of the Children, Young Persons and Their Families Act as proof of guardianship however.