Buying a first home — after loss of KiwiSaver grant

  • But first: a comment on Budget tax cuts — try to save that money!
  • KiwiSaver still best for first home saving — despite loss of grant.
  • Other help with buying first home…
  • … Or rent long-term, while saving hard.
  • Where to invest your long-term savings?

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