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Sustainable investment delivering strong returns for all New Zealanders

The NZ Super Fund and the Elevate NZ Venture Fund invest taxpayer money.

About the Guardians
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Purpose and mandate
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Hi, I’m Joe and I just turned eight.

I love playing with my Grandpa. Grandpa always has time to play with me.

He says that’s because he is retired and gets his ‘super’ or pension payments from the Government.

Mum says that the taxes she and dad pay go towards paying for Grandpa’s pension, and when they retire the Government will give them a pension too.

But by the time my parents and I retire, there will be a lot fewer working people for every person in retirement.

With fewer working people to pay taxes, the Government may need to increase taxes by a lot, to continue to make pension payments to all retired New Zealanders.

That’s where the NZ Super Fund comes in. By investing wisely today, the Fund is building a nest egg to help make pension payments more affordable for the Government and for future taxpayers like me and my friends.

Having this nest egg will help ensure we can retire and get a pension just like Grandpa does today.

NZ Super Fund. Investing today to help meet tomorrow’s retirement needs.

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How we invest

Learn more about our investment beliefs and policies, reference portfolio approach to investing and process for appointing and monitoring external investment managers.

Responsible investment

We integrate environmental, social and governance factors into our investment process and ownership activities.

Investment performance

Find out how our investments are performing.

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Taranaki Offshore Wind

The NZ Super Fund and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners are excited to accelerate efforts to bring large scale offshore wind to South Taranaki – supporting New Zealand’s 2030 renewable energy ambitions, and a clean energy transition for the Taranaki region.

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Climate change

We factor the risks and opportunities stemming from climate change into our investment strategies and ownership practices. Our goal is to make the NZ Super Fund more resilient to climate-related risk.

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Elevate NZ Venture Fund

In 2019 legislation passed by Parliament established a fifteen year venture capital fund, administered by the Guardians under a new mandate, run separately from the NZ Super Fund.

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The NZ Super Fund story

Created in 2001 after an extensive public and Parliamentary debate, the Fund is a way for New Zealand to save now in order to make future superannuation costs more affordable. It’s needed because New Zealand’s population is getting older.

We do not manage people’s private savings

The NZ Super Fund invests Government capital contributions, and the returns from those investments, to contribute to the Government's cost of paying superannuation entitlements in the future.

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