Request KiwiSaver changes
Existing KiwiSaver members can request changes to be made to the employee contributions that are deducted from their pay.
For more information, see KiwiSaver and your existing employees (Inland Revenue website).
Change contribution rate
An employee can choose to contribute 3%, 4% or 8% of their before-tax pay to their KiwiSaver scheme. If they do not specify a rate, 3% deductions will be made.
For more information, see Making deductions (Inland Revenue website).
If an employee wishes to change their contribution rate:
Note: A scanned copy of the KS2 form can be attached to the same email as the NOVO29 form.
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Opt out of KiwiSaver
If a new employee has been auto-enrolled and then chooses to opt out of KiwiSaver, they must provide a completed
KS10 - New employee opt-out request form. If they do this, email a scanned copy to the Novopay Service Centre with a NOVO29 form.
For rules around opting out, see Opt-out requests (Inland Revenue website).
Take contributions holiday
An employee can apply for a contributions holiday if they wish to take a break from making KiwiSaver contributions. They apply to the Inland Revenue directly. For more information, see Contributions holidays (Inland Revenue website).
If the employee identifies their employer(s) when they apply, Inland Revenue will notify them directly. For the purposes of KiwiSaver, the Ministry of Education is the employer.
If the employee doesn't identify their employer, has more than three employers, or they change jobs during their contributions holiday, they must provide their contributions holiday notice to the school so that deductions can be stopped/started.
To advise the Novopay Service Centre of a contributions holiday, email a scanned copy of the holiday contributions notice to the Novopay Service Centre with a NOVO29 form.
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Stop KiwiSaver deductions (after age 65)
An employee can stop making contributions to their KiwSaver when they reach their withdrawal date. This is when they reach 65 and have been a member for at least 5 years.
If an employee wishes to stop making contributions, do the following:
- Provide them with a copy of the KS51 - Non-deduction notice form and ask them to return it to the school.
- Email the completed KS51 form to the Novopay Service Centre.
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File original signed copies of the following forms at the school:
- KS2 - KiwiSaver deduction form
- KS10 - New employee opt-out request form, if the employee has opted out of KiwiSaver.
- KS51 - Non-deduction notice form, for employees over age 65.
If the employee provides a holiday contribution notice, keep a copy at the school. See Payroll record keeping for more details.