Secure your retirement: exploring UK pension transfers to NZ

December 13, 2023

Navigating the world of pension transfers can be a complex journey, especially for those considering moving their UK pensions to New Zealand. At NZBritannia, we understand the intricacies involved and are committed to helping you make informed decisions. In this article, we aim to provide some clarity about which UK pensions can be moved to New Zealand and highlight important things to think about.

Understanding which UK pensions are eligible for transfer

UK Pensions eligible for transfer:

The majority of UK-based private and company pensions are eligible for transfer to New Zealand. This includes:

  • Occupational pension schemes: Defined Benefit Schemes, Small Self-Administered Schemes, Auto Enrolment Schemes (UK equivalent of KiwiSaver), and Executive Pension Plans.
  • Private pension schemes: Personal Pensions, Retirement Annuity Plans, Self-Invested Personal Pensions, and Buy-out Bonds.

UK Pensions not eligible for transfer:

It's important to note that UK state pensions and certain unfunded public sector pension schemes are not eligible for transfer. You can visit our website to find a list of UK pension schemes we have successfully transferred pensions for.

Qualifying recognised overseas pension schemes (QROPS):

For a successful transfer, your UK pension must be moved to a scheme that is recognised by His Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) as a QROPS. At NZBritannia, we offer the Britannia Retirement Scheme. This makes sure everything follows the rules and makes the process hassle-free.

Why consider transferring your pension?

Consolidation of assets:

Transferring your UK pension to New Zealand can simplify your financial management by consolidating your retirement assets in one place.

Control and local support:

Having your pension funds in New Zealand means better control and access to local financial advice and support.

Mitigating currency risks:

By transferring to New Zealand, you reduce the exposure of your retirement savings to currency fluctuations, offering more stability for your financial planning.

There’s a lot more to consider before deciding to transfer your UK pension and we’ve put together a list of benefits versus risks and disadvantages on our website as a starting point.

The process of transferring your UK pension

Choosing the right QROPS:

Selecting the appropriate QROPS is crucial. It involves understanding the investment options, tax implications, and assessing the fees involved.

Know the transfer process:

The process and timeframes for transferring pensions vary depending on the type of UK pension scheme. Defined benefit schemes, for instance, may have specific timelines for issuing transfer values and finalising the transfer.

FAQs for clarity:

It's important to know key details like when you can start using your UK pension funds, the conditions for transferring, and how long the whole process takes. You can find answers to these common questions in the FAQs on our website. If you can't find what you need there, feel free to chat with our knowledgeable team.

Key considerations before transferring

Exchange rates and transfer costs:

Be aware of current exchange rates and any associated costs with transferring your pension, as these can impact the value of your transferred funds.

Regulatory changes:

Stay informed about any changes in pension regulations, both in the UK and New Zealand, that might affect your transfer.

Personal circumstances:

Every individual’s financial situation is unique. Consider how a transfer aligns with your overall retirement planning and goals.

How we can assist

Transferring your UK pension to New Zealand is a significant decision that should not be rushed. It requires a thorough understanding of the types of pensions eligible for transfer, the risks and considerations involved, and the process itself. At NZBritannia, our team of experts specialises in guiding clients through the pension transfer process. We offer personalised advice, taking into account your individual circumstances and the specifics of your UK pension.

Take the next step with NZBritannia

If you're considering transferring your UK pension to New Zealand, or if you're seeking clarity on whether your pension is eligible for transfer, NZBritannia is here to help. Our experienced advisers can provide you with the necessary information and support to make this important decision.

For more detailed information on pension transfers and to explore the best options for your situation, visit or contact us directly on 0800 500 811 to schedule a free no-obligation chat about UK pension transfers or any of our other services.

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