There are apparently for than 100,000 people in New Zealand who have a foreign pension scheme and who have or wish to transfer that here.
The main transfer is from the UK, but transfers from other jurisdictions such as Australia or South Africa are common as well.
However, the rules covering these transfers are complex, mainly because there are two legal authorities involved; the New Zealand authorities and the offshore one. Both have strict scheme and transfer rules, many of which are incompatible with each other.
This has been a breeding ground for frustration.
Usually the foreign authority makes rules that take into account none of the New Zealand circumstances.
The clearest example is when you try to transfer a UK pension to a New Zealand KiwiSaver scheme. In theory it is quite doable.
But many of the intricate and bureaucratic British rules don't go away after you have transferred. They constrain your new KiwiSaver account in ways that no New Zealander has to worry about.
For example, KiwiSaver gives you flexible access to your funds for things like a first-home deposit, in cases of hardship, when you move permanently overseas, or even when you turn 65.
But all these types of payments from a British pension that is converted via the QROPS scheme would be 'unauthorised' by the British authorities and would incur penalties which could be substantial.
The British require NZ KiwiSaver schemes to be authorised by them to allow the transfer in the first place. By such registration, the NZ scheme is required then to report all such withdrawals to those British authorities.
Complexities like this have allowed a thriving local industry to develop to advise foreign pension holders of their options, rights and responsibilities.
These advisers and the authorised schemes have fee structures for this relationship that is causing extensive unease, even anger.
We have started a brief survey of the fees involved and found a wide range, and in fact some strange and surprising charges.
Most pension holders don't have an easy way to assess fees before they choose a fund or adviser to work with and often get big surprises after they have signed up.
To help, we are starting a table comparing the fees from the New Zealand funds. H/T Colin J.
Our comparison table starts with the list of British-authorised New Zealand funds. We will add authorised funds by other governments based on reader suggestions.
Our table is not complete and we are asking readers - that is, the Funds industry, advisers, and pension tranferers themselves - to help with information that will extend the comparisons and make them as accurate as possible.
You can find our work-in-progress table here.