The key steps for UK-NZ pension transfers

November 22, 2023

In this guide, we'll explore the key steps for a smooth transfer of your pension assets from the UK to NZ. By understanding these steps you can optimise your pension transfer experience.


Step 1: Understanding your UK pension scheme

Before embarking on the pension transfer journey, determine whether you are part of a "Defined Benefit Scheme", "DefinedContribution Scheme", or the broader "State Pension". Being clear about your pension type will guide you toward an optimal transfer choice.

If you’re not sure what pension scheme you have find out by taking a quick look at this link: Alternatively, your former employer should be able to tell you.


Step 2: Assess pension transfer eligibility

Bear in mind that not all UK pensions are transferable to New Zealand. Check if your pension scheme permits international transfers. Some government and workplace pensions might impose limitations.

If uncertain about your scheme's international transfer capabilities, you can check our “Successful UK pension transfers” page. Our list gets updated regularly as the pension landscape evolves. However, even if your provider isn't listed we may still be able to help – so please don’t hesitate to contact us.


Step 3: Currency considerations

Be aware of the impact currency exchange rates have on your pension. Even slight fluctuations can substantially alter the eventual amount you receive in New Zealand dollars. At NZBritannia, we discuss the implications of exchange rate fluctuations, ensuring you are aware of potential pitfalls. Our financial advisers can offer clear and concise advice on the impact exchange rate fluctuations may have.


Step 4: Choose the right provider

It's essential to partner with a provider that not only has a proven track record but also possesses the expertise to give objective advice. An experienced provider will thoroughly discuss the pros and cons, ensuring you have a comprehensive understanding of the transfer process.


Step 5: Complete necessary documentation

Transparency and accuracy are essential when handling transfer paperwork. Ensure all documentation is accurately completed and submitted to the relevant authorities. Missing or incorrect information can cause delays in the transfer process.

A competent NZ provider, understanding the complexity of these documents, can offer invaluable assistance, ensuring that all details are appropriately addressed and ultimately speeding up the process.


Step 6: Tax implications

Navigating the tax landscape is critical.

It’s always recommended that you seek independent tax advice before making any financial decision. If you don't have a tax adviser or accountant, a NZBritannia adviser can refer you to an independent expert in this area.

Step 7: Monitor the transfer progress

Be proactive and keep a close watch on your pension transfer's progress. Talk with your financial adviser and pension providers regularly to ensure a smooth transition. Prompt communications can pre-empt and resolve potential challenges swiftly.


Step 8: Seek professional guidance

Navigating the complexities of pension transfers can be challenging. Enlisting the services of a qualified financial adviser and pension provider who specialises in UK-NZ pension transfers is highly recommended.

At NZBritannia we have the expertise to help, having facilitated over 20,000 UK to NZ pension transfers since 1996. Our team take pride in being among New Zealand's most seasoned UK pension transfer experts and can provide tailored advice for your unique financial situation, ensuring you make informed decisions throughout the process.


 Transferring your UK pension to New Zealand is a significant financial decision that can shape your retirement years. By working with experienced professionals, you can expect a secure pension transfer.

NZBritannia advisers provide the experience and expertise you need to transfer your UK pension. Complete our free no-obligation assessment form to get advice on UK pension transfers or contact us for information on any of our other services.


The information contained in this article is intended for general guidance and information only. It has not been personally prepared for you. Therefore, you should not act on this information if you have not considered the appropriateness of this information to your personal objectives, financial situation and needs. You should consult with us before making any investment decision. Historical market performance may not be indicative of future market performance.