Our History | Christian Kiwisaver Scheme

Our history

This Scheme was established in 2007 shortly after the Government introduced KiwiSaver. The New Zealand Anglican Church Pension Board was already managing retirement schemes for the Anglican clergy and employees of religious charitable organisations under a mandate to invest ethically. This mandate and culture naturally flowed into the Christian KiwiSaver Scheme.

Our Christian KiwiSaver Scheme is for people within New Zealand’s actively Christian community and is open to all Christian denominations.

Our Scheme was originally under the Koinonia (koy-nohn-ee’-ah) brand. Koinonia was the Anglicisation of a Greek word used in the New Testament of the Bible to describe the relationships within the early Christian church. The essential meaning of koinonia embraces concepts conveyed by the English terms fellowship, association, community, communion, joint participation, and sharing – all attributes that continue to be relevant to our Scheme.

In 2018 the Scheme was renamed Christian KiwiSaver Scheme. As it is a KiwiSaver scheme that is offered only to people within the active Christian community, we felt the new name made this easier to understand and better explained our unique place in the market.

Christian KiwiSaver Scheme sits under the management of The New Zealand Anglican Church Pension Board. The Board is the Trustee and the Manager of the Christian KiwiSaver Scheme. The Board was established by the General Synod of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa New Zealand and Polynesia in 1972 and reports to that body (or its Standing Committee).