Living off savings and investments
Many retired New Zealanders rely on income from savings in addition to their NZ Super. This means investing money so that it generates income through interest or dividend payments.
You may also plan to spend some or all of the money you have saved to help fund your retirement years.
Guide to stretching our retirement savings
The more dependent you are on your savings, the more careful your investment approach should be.
Thinking of KiwiSaver?
KiwiSaver is a voluntary savings scheme designed to help New Zealanders save and invest for retirement.
If you're under the age of 65, the extra contributions the government and your employer make to your savings mean that you would need a really good reason to not join KiwiSaver. But now that it's also open to those 65 plus, older New Zealanders are turning to these lower-cost managed funds to invest and draw down their savings.
Guide to KiwiSaver
Working in retirement
No one forces us to stop working when we turn 65. Many people may want to continue working or to do so in a different way – such as with flexible hours, part-time or casual work, consultancy or mentoring.
Income from paid work will not affect your entitlement to NZ Super. However, it may affect your eligibility for income-tested benefits such as the Accommodation Supplement or the Disability Allowance.
Senior Services has more information on 0800 552 002.
The most common type of equity release is selling the house and purchasing a cheaper one that is smaller or in a cheaper area. This can free up some money while still providing the benefits of owning a home.
If you own a house or other property, and need to free up some money for long-term living expenses, pay for emergencies or a major expense, you can use a ‘reverse mortgage’. This is where you borrow an amount against your property either in a lump sum or by drawing down on the loan as and when you need the money. In the meantime, the interest payments build up.
When you die or the property is sold, the full loan plus interest has to be repaid – so you will leave behind a smaller legacy.
When considering a reverse mortgage, it’s good to talk about it with family and get independent financial and legal advice. It’s important to understand how the product works and what it might cost (including fees and interest charges). You can take a ‘worst-case scenario’ view when working out the cost projections – and not assume a property will increase in value. Consumer has more information on reverse mortgages, too.
Other ways to generate income from your home
There are other options you can consider to release value from your home:
- Rent out part of your home
- Take in a boarder
- Subdivide your property
- Sell your home to family or whānau (while retaining the right to live in it)