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More mortgages now qualify for KiwiSaver

More mortgages will qualify for payment through KiwiSaver as a result of changes announced by the Government.

Monday, September 15th 2008, 9:55PM

by Maria Scott

The changes will mean that flexible mortgages will now qualify for the diversion facility, Finance Minister Michael Cullen and Revenue Minister Peter Dunne said.

An Order in Council has been made to widen the availability of the diversion facility.

“The mortgage diversion facility allows members to divert up to half of their contributions to repaying the mortgage on their home, so long as the mortgagee and the scheme provider agree. This recognises that reducing one’s mortgage can be an effective way of saving.

“Current regulations mean this facility is limited largely to table mortgages and the like. This restriction was put in because of concern that people with flexible mortgages would use the diverted contributions to repay part of their mortgage but then automatically borrow these contributions up to their credit limit.”

In discussions with the banking sector it had become clear that many mortgages were of a flexible nature which meant that the mortgage diversion facility had limited application. The majority of mortgages would now qualify provided diverted contributions reduced the home loan, the ministers said.

This did not prevent a bank agreeing to lend more against the home but it did prevent diverted contributions automatically being offset by an increased home loan.

“The amended regulations will ensure that the mortgage diversion facility works as intended and is accessible and is just one of the many incentives designed to make it easier, more attractive and more rewarding for people to save through KiwiSaver.”

Law firm Chapman Tripp recently drew attention to technical problems related to the mortgage diversion facilities for KiwiSaver, including restrictions on the type of mortgage for which the facility was available.

Partner Mike Woodbury said after the Government’s announcement that he expected the amendments to the regulations to resolve this problem although he had yet to see the wording.

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Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
AIA ▼4.55 ▼3.55 3.89 3.99
AIA Special - ▼3.05 3.39 3.69
ANZ 4.44 3.55 3.85 4.49
ANZ Special - 3.05 3.35 3.99
ASB Bank 4.45 ▼3.55 3.89 3.99
ASB Bank Special - ▼3.05 3.39 3.69
Bluestone 4.44 4.44 4.29 4.34
BNZ - Classic - 3.09 3.35 3.69
BNZ - Mortgage One 5.15 - - -
BNZ - Rapid Repay 4.60 - - -
BNZ - Std, FlyBuys 4.55 3.75 4.10 4.55
Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
BNZ - TotalMoney 4.55 - - -
China Construction Bank 5.50 4.70 4.80 4.95
China Construction Bank Special - ▼3.15 ▼3.15 3.19
Credit Union Auckland 5.95 - - -
Credit Union Baywide 5.65 4.75 4.75 -
Credit Union North 6.45 - - -
Credit Union South 5.65 4.75 4.75 -
Finance Direct - - - -
First Credit Union 5.85 3.99 4.49 -
Heartland ▼3.95 ▼2.89 ▼2.97 ▼3.39
Heartland Bank - Online - - - -
Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
Heretaunga Building Society 4.99 4.35 4.45 -
HSBC Premier 4.49 ▼2.95 ▼3.09 ▼3.50
HSBC Premier LVR > 80% - - - -
HSBC Special - - - -
ICBC 5.15 3.18 3.18 3.20
Kainga Ora 5.18 3.94 4.08 4.39
Kiwibank 4.40 3.84 4.14 4.40
Kiwibank - Capped - - - -
Kiwibank - Offset 4.40 - - -
Kiwibank Special - 3.09 3.39 3.65
Liberty 5.69 - - -
Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
Napier Building Society - - - -
Nelson Building Society 4.95 4.25 4.15 -
Pepper Money Near Prime 5.64 - 5.44 5.44
Pepper Money Prime 5.18 - 4.98 4.98
Pepper Money Specialist 7.59 - 7.39 7.39
Resimac 4.50 4.45 3.89 3.94
RESIMAC Special - - - -
SBS Bank 4.54 4.85 5.05 5.49
SBS Bank Special - ▼3.09 ▼3.39 ▼3.69
The Co-operative Bank - Owner Occ 4.40 ▼3.25 ▼3.45 ▼3.69
The Co-operative Bank - Standard 4.40 ▼3.75 ▼3.85 ▼4.19
Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
TSB Bank 5.34 ▼3.89 ▼4.15 ▼4.49
TSB Special 4.54 ▼3.09 ▼3.35 ▼3.69
Wairarapa Building Society 4.99 3.95 ▼3.99 -
Westpac 4.59 4.15 4.09 4.49
Westpac - Offset 4.59 - - -
Westpac Special - 3.09 3.39 3.69
Median 4.60 3.65 3.89 3.99

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