Ngāi Tahu Contributions


Since setting up Whai Rawa, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu has contributed over $30 million in matched savings, distributions and associated tax credits.

Matched Savings*

For every $1 adult members aged 16-64 save in the calendar year, Te Rūnanga will contribute another $1 (up to a maximum of $200 per year).  For child members (under 16 years old as at 31 December), Te Rūnanga will contribute $4 for every $1 saved  (up to a maximum of $200 per year). Matched savings for your savings are paid at the end of March each year.

These matched savings entitlements remain unchanged since 2008.

Elective members (those aged 65 and older) receive Kaumātua Grants rather than Whai Rawa matched savings and distributions.

Distributions*

Te Rūnanga sets a provisional budget for distributions within the Whai Rawa budget each year as part of the overall Te Rūnanga budget.  The actual amount paid as a distribution will then depend on how much is paid out in matched savings.

To date the distributions have been:

  • March 2007: Adult members $125 Child members $0
  • March 2008: Adult members $250 Child members $250
  • March 2009: Adult members $25 Child members $25
  • March 2010: Adult members $20  Child members $25
  • March 2011: Adult members $25 Child members $25 (paid March 2012 because of Canterbury earthquakes)
  • March 2012: Adult members $30 Child members $30
  • March 2013 Adult members $45 Child members $45
  • March 2014 Adult members $37 Child members $37
  • March 2015 Adult members $60 Child members $60
  • March 2016 Adult members $80 Child members $80
  • March 2017 Adult members $108 Child members $108
  • March 2018 Adult members $125 Child members $125 (+ child member bonus $25)

NB: The adult member distribution is paid to those aged under 65 as at 31 December. Those members aged 65 or older receive a Kaumātua Grant

Newborn Distribution*

Te Rūnanga currently makes a newborn distribution of $100 to child member’s accounts if the child is enrolled in Whai Rawa before they turn one.  This distribution is made in March, at the same time as other payments from Te Rūnanga.

Reduced Fees

All costs and expenses, other than Investment Manager fees, will be met by Te Rūnanga while Whai Rawa Fund Limited remains the manager of Whai Rawa.  Find out more. 

Māori Authority Tax Credits (MATCs)

All matched savings and distribution payments have MATCs attached which offsets some of the RSCT* deducted which means more money going into your account.

 

*   Te Rūnanga matched savings and distributions are subject to RSCT (retirement scheme contribution tax) deducted at your personal RSCT rate.  Find out more.