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Another professional insurance organisation for...

A new insurance organisation hopes to fill a gap in the market for underwriting agents. The New Zealand Underwriting Agencies Council has been set up to cater for what it says are underwriting agents’ unique issues and...

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Insurance Council calls for fire funding

The Insurance Council of New Zealand (ICNZ) is calling on political parties to back volunteer and paid firefighters by funding them appropriately for their services, much like the police are funded. It follows the publication of th...

Opinion

Financial advice disclosure - issues for insura...

By Crossley Gates

On June 22, the Governor-General made by Order in Council the Financial Markets Conduct (Regulated Financial Advice Disclosure) Amendment Regulations 2020. They require financial advisers (including insurance brokers/advisers) to d...

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Suncorp offers support to customers

Suncorp New Zealand reported a $2 million profit drop in the year to June. The New Zealand arm of the insurance company announced a net profit after tax (NPAT) of $259 million, down from $261 million a year earlier. The result...

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NZI’s own home brewing ironman

What started as a school project on insurance has transformed into a long-sta...

  "I’ve got an inquisitive mind and I didn’t understand what insurance meant back then. That fuelled a big interest for me, as the more I read about it, I wanted to learn more."  Chris...

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Lloyd’s warns intangible assets at risk

Intangible assets are an increasing proportion of companies’ balance sheets, already accounting for as much as 85% of the total business value across industries according to estimates. With the acceleration of digital business...

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Suncorp first to adopt renewable energy project

Suncorp New Zealand is the first New Zealand insurer to adopt Meridian Energy’s 100% Certified Renewable Energy product.  As of July 1, nearly 100% of Suncorp New Zealand’s electricity will be...

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Vero launches risk profiler tool

A new risk profiler tool developed by Vero has put risk assessment at the top of the to-do list for small and medium sized enterprise owners (SMEs) and their insurance brokers.  Recent research shows 71% of SMEs want...

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IAG’s Craig Olsen to become ICNZ president

IAG chief executive Craig Olsen is taking over from Paul Smeaton as president of the Insurance Council. Smeaton has returned to Australia to take a senior role with Suncorp. “I want to acknowledge Paul’s valuable...

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IAG outlines FY20 results

IAG today provided an update on its results for the year ended 30 June 2020 (FY20), within which it expects to report: Gross written premium (GWP) growth of around 1%, consistent with the ‘low single digit’ guidance...

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Vero survey shows small businesses are keen for...

New research released by Vero Insurance this week shows nearly two thirds of New Zealand’s small and medium enterprise owners and decision makers (SMEs) want insurance advice following the Covid-19 crisis.  Most wanted...

PIQ College

Here’s how to burst your bubble

Going back to ‘normal’ may not be as easy as you expect By Rod Severn

I need to practice social distancing…from my refrigerator! Here at the Professional IQ College we used to only worry about Level 5. Now we have a whole new range of levels to be concerned about.  Still, most...

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Tenants and carpet

Question... A tap was left on in a commercial building. Flooding caused saturated carpets and damage to walls and skirting boards. The LA is suggesting split the cost 50/50 as the tenant is responsible for the carpet per...

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Loss of warranty

Question... We have a claim with significant damage, but not yet looking like a total loss, on a six-month-old digger. While the repairs are being undertaken by the official manufacturer, they are saying that the repairs will...

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Who to take directions from?

Question... My clients have recently separated, and their house and contents policies are in joint names. One party has moved out into another jointly-owned home. The separation, after many years of marriage, is far from...

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