MPs including the Commerce Minister claim to be part of a scheme that was wound up five years ago. Good Returns checks out the latest register of pecuniary interests to find out where MPs have their money.
If the working group pondering potential tax changes for New Zealand alters the incentives around KiwiSaver, most MPs will benefit, too.
The latest register of pecuniary interests shows that just 14% of MPs are not members of a KiwiSaver scheme.
Most (25) are with AMP. Another 16 are with ANZ, 14 in ASB schemes and 11 with Kiwi Wealth.
Many MPs also have other non-KiwiSaver superannuation savings accounts.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is saving for retirement in four schemes: AMP’s State Sector Superannuation Scheme, to which she has made no contributions since 2005, AMP’s Retail Superannuation Scheme, ANZ KiwiSaver and a Fidelity Life Super Plan.
National leader Simon Bridges is in Milford’s KiwiSaver scheme and is a member of the St Catherine’s Superannuation Scheme.
Green Party co-leaders James Shaw and Marama Davidson are in Kiwi Wealth’s scheme.
NZ First leader Winston Peters is not in a KiwiSaver scheme but is a member of the Government Superannuation Fund.
National MP Gerry Brownlee and Commerce Minister Kris Faafoi still list membership of an AXA KiwiSaver scheme – this was rolled into AMP’s scheme in 2013.
Minister for Building and Construction Jenny Salesa still says she’s a member of Tower KiwiSaver, which has been part of Fisher Funds since 2013.
It comes as former FSC chief executive and former Revenue and Assistant Finance Minister Peter Neilson lobbies the tax working group, chaired by KiwiSaver initiator Michael Cullen, for better tax breaks for KiwiSaver members.
He made a submission to the group, telling it that New Zealand workers on the average wage cannot save for a comfortable retirement in KiwiSaver. He said his government was wrong to drop tax incentives on superannuation schemes, but at that time, it was only the comparatively better off who had them.
Neilson said contributions and earnings to the schemes should not be taxed, which would enable people to amass larger amounts much more easily. He said, as it was, those who had term deposits and KiwiSaver were at a disadvantage compared to those who built their wealth through investments in real estate.