Superannuation Schemes Act 1989

  • repealed
  • Superannuation Schemes Act 1989: repealed, on 1 December 2014, by section 4(1)(d) of the Financial Markets (Repeals and Amendments) Act 2013 (2013 No 70).

Reprint as at 1 December 2014

Superannuation Schemes Act 1989

Public Act1989 No 10
Date of assent22 March 1989
Commencementsee section 1
  • Superannuation Schemes Act 1989: repealed, on 1 December 2014, by section 4(1)(d) of the Financial Markets (Repeals and Amendments) Act 2013 (2013 No 70).


Changes authorised by subpart 2 of Part 2 of the Legislation Act 2012 have been made in this official reprint.

Note 4 at the end of this reprint provides a list of the amendments incorporated.

This Act is administered by the Treasury.



1 Short Title and commencement

2 Interpretation

2A Definition of superannuation scheme

Part 1
Registration of superannuation schemes

3 Applications for registration of scheme governed by trust deed

4 Applications for registration of scheme constituted under Act of Parliament

5 Matters required to be specified in application

6 Registration of schemes

Trust deeds

7 Content of trust deeds

8 Implied provisions as to investment of scheme money

9 Implied provision as to amendments reducing accrued benefits, etc

9A Implied provision as to alterations to scheme

9B Implied provision as to transfer of members, etc

9BAA When FMA may approve transfers without consent of members and beneficiaries

9BAB How approval under section 9BAA may be granted

9BA FMA may exempt trustees from requirement to obtain written consent of all members and beneficiaries

9C Implied provisions as to deferred benefits

9D Implied term as to reduction of scheme insurance upon transfer out of complying superannuation fund

10 Implied provision as to reversion of scheme assets to employer

11 Application and enforcement of implied provisions

12 Amendment of trust deeds

Financial information

13 Accounts

14 Annual reports

15 Actuarial examination

Prospective members' rights to information

15A Prospective members' rights to information

Members' rights to information

16 Rights to information before becoming member of registered superannuation scheme

17 Members' rights to information

Non-resident trustees

18 Non-resident trustees

Disclosure of information

18A Disclosure of information to FMA

18B Protection of administration managers, investment managers, actuaries, and auditors

Powers of FMA as to cancellation of registration, etc

19 Cancellation of registration

20 Powers of FMA in event of scheme operating in contravention of this Act, etc

Independent trustees

20A Receiver or liquidator to designate or appoint independent trustee if required

Winding up of registered schemes

21 Winding up of registered schemes

Reversion of assets to employer

22 Consent to reversion of assets to employer

Part 2
Miscellaneous provisions

23 Right of appeal against certain decisions of FMA

24 Power of Government Actuary to require information [Repealed]

25 Offences

26 Secrecy [Repealed]

27 Personal liability [Repealed]

28 Annual report by FMA

29 Fees

30 Regulations

31 Consequential amendments

32 Repeals, revocations, and consequential amendments taking effect on 1 April 1990

33 Savings

34 Complying superannuation funds

35 Dealing with applications for complying superannuation funds

36 Revocation of approval

37 Duty to notify changes about complying superannuation funds to FMA

38 Form of notice under section 37

39 Duty to give notice to FMA about fee increases

40 Powers of High Court in relation to unreasonable fees

41 Transitional provision relating to lodging of participation agreements

Part 3
Transitional provisions relating to reduction of benefits as result of changes in taxation



Amendments to schemes as result of Income Tax Amendment Act 1989


42 Uniform reduction in existing pensions may be regarded as equitable [Repealed]

43 Uniform reduction in existing and future pensions may be regarded as equitable [Repealed]

44 Notification of amendments made in accordance with this Part [Repealed]

45 Amendment to become valid on date made [Repealed]

45A Reduction of benefits where employer obliged to provide defined benefit [Repealed]

Amendments to schemes to provide for later changes in taxation


46 Amendment to provide for variations as result of later taxation changes [Repealed]

47 No reductions to be made except to make benefits secure [Repealed]

Part 4
Transitional provisions relating to position of schemes approved under Superannuation Schemes Act 1976

48 Closing date for applications for approval [Repealed]

49 Registration of approved schemes [Repealed]

50 Effect of cancellation of approval [Repealed]

51 Application to cancel approval of scheme that is not to become registered [Repealed]

52 Cancellation of approval of certain overseas schemes [Repealed]

53 Position of schemes that are still approved as at 31 March 1990 [Repealed]

54 Position where 2 or more approved schemes share trust deed [Repealed]

55 Certain provisions in trust deed obsolete

56 Certain references to approved schemes deemed to include references to registered schemes

57 Effect of new withholding tax on contributions to Class A funds [Repealed]

Part 5



58 Interpretation [Repealed]

Reductions in annuities as result of Income Tax Amendment Act 1989


59 Reduction of annuities granted before 1 April 1990 [Repealed]

60 Approval of Government Actuary needed if reduction in net benefits [Repealed]

61 Other powers to reduce benefits not affected [Repealed]

Non-commutable and non-assignable annuities


62 Non-commutable and non-assignable annuities [Repealed]



63 Objections and appeals against decisions of Government Actuary [Repealed]

64 Power of Government Actuary to require information [Repealed]

65 Personal liability [Repealed]

66 Fees [Repealed]

67 Regulations [Repealed]

Part 6
Transfer of superannuation business of life offices



68 Application for approval of transfer of superannuation business [Repealed]

69 Approval of transfer arrangement by Government Actuary [Repealed]

70 Transfer of property pursuant to approved arrangement [Repealed]

71 Liability to stamp duty, goods and services tax, and income tax in respect of transfer of property [Repealed]

Schedule 1
Matters to be specified in application for registration

Schedule 2
Matters to be specified in annual report

Schedule 3
Enactments consequentially amended

Schedule 4
Consequential amendments with effect on and after 1 April 1990

Superannuation Schemes Amendment Act 1992

Taxation (KiwiSaver and Company Tax Rate Amendments) Act 2007

Reprint notes

An Act to provide for the registration of superannuation schemes, and to provide a procedure to enable both benefits payable from superannuation schemes and annuities to be reduced as a result of changes in taxation