In its unique value for money assessment SuperRatings has awarded Generate a KiwiSaver Gold Rating for 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021.​

The founders of Generate have combined more than 90 years industry experience.

Generate’s goal is simply to help you grow your savings and achieve the lifestyle you want in retirement. Investment decisions are overseen by an investment committee which is made up of experienced investment professionals. 

Generate provide you with online access so you can
always view the full details of your investments, including how much
you have saved and transaction information.

Public Trust is New Zealand’s most enduring trustee organisation. It’s the only Crown entity that acts as a trustee serving the corporate and business market in New Zealand. It provides corporate trustee services to some of the best known names in the finance and investment industry (both locally and internationally). Public Trust’s role is important, as it is the supervisor of your investment in the Scheme. As the supervisor, Public Trust has full oversight of your KiwiSaver investment. Public Trust does not guarantee the performance of the Scheme or any of the Funds.
Generate was established in 2012.
Generate have shown consistent, strong performance in both the conservative and growth sectors over the last 3-5 years.

Generate keep you up-to-date with regular ‘plain English’ email newsletters, annual reports and audited financial statements.

Generate invests in a way that incorporates environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues. They believe that proactively managing ESG issues will deliver stronger long-term investment returns. Generate is a signatory to the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (UNPRI). On the independent Mindful Money website Generate’s funds have some of the lowest levels of ‘investments of concern’ in KiwiSaver. The Generate Conservative Fund has 0.0% investments of concern, the Generate Growth Fund 2.6% and the Generate Focused Growth Fund 3.97.​
In order to generate the returns you deserve, Generate carry out extensive research and actively monitor the performance of their selected investments to ensure they meet their high standards. When they think an investment is no longer likely to live up to expectations, Generate will replace it with one they believe can.

Meet the Team at generate

We’re proud of our people and the level of service we provide. From the 96% customer satisfaction score on our advice, to the strong performance results of the funds, our team are here to make sure you are looked after. Our Directors bios are below.

Non-executive Chairman & Investment Committee Member 

Peter has over 20 years’ experience in the investment banking industry, retiring to pursue his own business and consultancy activities. He is currently a Director of Argosy Property Limited, Chairman of Burger Fuel Worldwide Limited and Trust Investments Management Limited. Peter is also a Trustee of the Melanesian Mission Trust Board, a member of the Institute of Finance Professionals New Zealand Inc., and a director of several other private companies.

Scott is currently an Executive Director and Chief Commercial Officer of Modica Group, an enterprise messaging business having previously been General Counsel & Company Secretary of Auckland International Airport. An M&A and corporate finance lawyer by background, Scott is also a Non-executive Director of Enable Networks, Asset Finance Limited and the NZ Cricket Players Association. Scott has also worked for law firms Norton Rose
Fulbright and Bell Gully. Scott has a Masters in Law from Oxford University (Wolfson College) and he is admitted to the Bar in New Zealand, New South Wales and the United Kingdom.

Portfolio Manager, Director & Investment Committee Member

Sam has over 20 years of financial markets experience. Locally he worked in fixed income sales and trading for the National Bank of New Zealand Treasury, co-managed the bond desk at First NZ Capital, and immediately prior to Generate led the investment management of a sizeable portfolio of family assets. He also worked for three years in London in fixed income trading and origination.Sam co-founded Generate in late 2012.

CEO, Director & Investment Committee Member

Henry has over 20 years’ experience in the financial markets, beginning as an equity analyst for a New Zealand stock broking firm before moving to London in 1999. In London he worked as an analyst for Credit Suisse and later Abbey National. Returning to New Zealand in 2003, Henry joined a private investment company in the management of their Australasian equity and property portfolio. From 2007 until 2011 he was Senior Portfolio Manager responsible for investments across all asset classes at Huljich Wealth Management. Henry co-founded Generate in late 2012.

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KiwiSaver Fees Structure and Charges

What are the fees?

You will be charged fees for investing in the Scheme. Fees are deducted from your investment and will reduce your returns.  

If Generate invests in underlying funds,  those funds may also charge fees. 

The management fee

We perform management services for the Scheme. The fee for these services is based on the gross asset value of the fund and is the same no matter which fund or funds you invest in. The fee is calculated daily and paid to us each month. It reduces each fund’s unit price. Currently the fee is 1% each year.

Other administration charges

(i) Supervisor fees

The supervisor charges a fee for its supervisor and custodial services. The amount of the fee is currently up to 0.07% per annum each year of the gross asset value of the Scheme. The fee is the same no matter which fund or funds you invest in.

The supervisor’s fee is calculated daily and paid to the supervisor each month. The supervisor may also be paid additional fees
for non-routine matters, as the supervisor and the manager may agree from time to time. Such fees reduce each fund’s unit price.

(ii) Operating and administration expenses

Operating and administration expenses (such as auditing and legal expenses, postage, and other expenses) will be incurred to operate the Scheme.

It is expected that the maximum expense for members in each fund will be 0.2% of the assets of the fund per annum (excluding transaction costs e.g. brokerage and buy-sell spreads). To the extent that actual expenses exceed the target, we may choose not to recover such expenses. Bank charges, currency conversion fees and, where applicable, tax will be deducted from amounts transferred from foreign superannuation schemes before they are converted into units.

Underlying fund fees

The Growth Fund and the Focused Growth Fund invest into underlying funds.

Most of the managers of these funds will charge fees for investing the Scheme’s money and may change the fees they charge from time to time. These fees will affect the value of these funds’ investments, and will be reflected in the Growth Fund’s and the Focused Growth Fund’s unit price. The underlying funds’ fees will differ depending on the products into which we decide to invest.

There are two types of fees charged by underlying managers:

(i) Base fees
The underlying funds’ base fees provided in the summary of regular charges reflect the total estimated charges for management fees from the underlying funds.

(ii) Performance fees
The underlying funds’ performance fees provided in the summary of regular charges reflect the total estimated charges for performance fees from the underlying funds.

Administration fee

We have delegated the performance of certain administration management functions for the Scheme (including registry) to MMC Limited (MMC). We and MMC are reimbursed from the Scheme’s assets for the day-to-day administration of members’ balances and for maintaining the member register for the Scheme. 

Currently the fee is $36 per member per year paid monthly in arrears ($3 per member per month). This is a Scheme fee and not a per fund fee, therefore you will pay the same fee no matter how many funds you are invested into.

‘Stepping Stones’ and ‘Stepping Stones Growth’

If you choose either the ‘Stepping Stones’ or ‘Stepping Stones Growth’ investment option you will pay the fees applicable to the funds you are automatically invested into. There are no additional fees for being invested in either of the Stepping Stones options.

Example of how fees apply to an investor

Hannah invests $10,000 in the Growth Fund. She is not charged an establishment fee or a contribution fee.

This means the starting value of her investment is $10,000. She is charged management fees, which work out to about $140 (1.40% of $10,000). These fees might be more or less if her account balance has increased or decreased over the year.

Over the next year, Hannah pays other charges of $36.

Estimated total fees for the first year
Fund charges: $140
Other charges: $36
See the latest fund update for an example of what an investor could have earned after taxes and fees if they were invested in the fund for a full year. The fund update also provides an example of the total fees charged as at the end of the scheme year (31 March).
This example applies only to the Growth Fund. If you are considering investing in other funds or investment options in the Scheme, this example may not be representative of the actual fees you may be charged.

The fees can be changed

We may agree with the Supervisor to vary the fees from time to time. Fees not currently charged, may also be introduced at any time as permitted by the trust deed. However, any changes in fees will be subject to the ‘reasonable fees’ restrictions outlined
in the KiwiSaver Act.

We must publish a fund update for each fund showing the fees actually charged during the most recent year. Fund updates, including past updates, are available at generatekiwisaver.co.nz/fund-updates.

To find out more about how dollar fees are calculated in the Annual Member Statements, please click here