Kiwi Wealth, as the investment manager of the Kiwi Wealth Private Portfolio Service, Kiwi Wealth KiwiSaver Scheme and the Kiwi Wealth Super Scheme adheres to a set of internal policies to ensure that we act responsibly and fairly when investing customers’ money.
These policies cover: responsible investing, trade execution and allocation, related party transactions and conflicts of interest.
We're committed to responsible investing. Environmental, social and governance issues are considered by our in-house investment management team when analysing and making decisions about investments.
Responsible Investment Policy (PDF, 420KB)
Kiwi Wealth Investments Limited Partnership (KWILP) will exercise proxy votes at their discretion for securities held in portfolios managed by KWILP, with the aims of enhancing long term shareholder value, supporting strong voting rights for shareholders and promoting responsible corporate behaviour. KWILP believes that responsible corporate behaviour generally contributes to long term shareholder value.
KWILP may engage the services of proxy voting advisor(s) as required when formulating proxy voting and engagement strategies, deciding how to exercise specific voting rights, and in the actual execution of such voting rights. KWILP may permit delegated investment managers to exercise proxy votes on securities they manage according to their own proxy voting policy. KWILP may decide not to exercise voting rights at its discretion.
The following policies apply to the ways in which we buy and sell investments.
At all times, Kiwi Wealth will act in the best interests of customers and take all reasonable steps to achieve the best possible results, taking into account the following trading criteria:
Third parties or ‘counterparts' are used by Kiwi Wealth to execute trades. We have agreements in place with selected counterparts which are subject to approval by Kiwi Wealth's Investment Governance Committee.
Counterparts are regularly reviewed to ensure overall quality and stability, and that trades are being executed in the best interests of clients in accordance with best execution principles.
Kiwi Wealth has trade allocation procedures to ensure that no group of customers receives preferential treatment. Trades are allocated proportionally to a client’s share of the total trade executed. This ensures the trade is allocated on an equal and fair basis.
It’s important to note that if a non-fixed interest trade is not fully executed, i.e. due to lack of liquidity (the ability with which an investment can be converted to cash), the part that’s executed is then allocated proportionally to a client’s share of the trade.
If there is not enough liquidity to fully execute a fixed interest trade, clients are allocated to a target percentage based on un-invested cash.
All investments are subject to this policy including initial public offerings and private placements.
Kiwi Wealth is owned by Kiwi Wealth Management Ltd, is part of the NZ Post group of companies and a related company of Kiwibank. Kiwibank and NZ Post are large issuers within the New Zealand debt market, with Kiwibank being a provider for cash and term deposit options. It is Kiwi Wealth's view that to exclude them from our preferred investment list would be detrimental to the interests of our clients.
Dealing with related parties could be seen to be a conflict of interests. Therefore, we adhere to the following related-party processes to manage any potential risks of investing in Kiwibank and NZ Post issues.
For clarity, this part of the policy extends to dealing in related party investments through non-related party brokers (for example, buying Kiwibank bonds through ANZ).
Kiwi Wealth currently has a broking relationship with the Financial Markets division of Kiwibank. To ensure that the transaction is done at arm’s length and on commercial terms, any deal done through the Kiwibank trading desk must be done on a competitive quote basis. All dealings with or through a related party are reported to our audit committee and to the FMA quarterly.
This policy sets out the principles used for asset valuation and pricing of all Kiwi Wealth funds including Kiwi Wealth KiwiSaver Scheme (KWKS), Kiwi Wealth Private Portfolios (KWPP), Kiwi Wealth Growth Fund (GPIE), Kiwi Wealth Fixed Interest Fund (FIPIE) and the Kiwi Wealth Super Scheme (KWSS).
Asset valuation and pricing policy (PDF, 426KB)