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New Zealanders don't understand insurance: Canstar

Many New Zealanders are missing basic knowledge about their vehicle insurance policies, a new survey suggests. Canstar research showed New Zealanders spent an average of $801 a year on their policies but while 87% said they preferr...

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IAG joins risk-rating

IAG customers in areas that are high-risk for natural disasters or weather events will face higher premiums under changes recently announced by the insurer. IAG, which operates the State, AMI, NZI and Lumley brands as well as offer...

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IAG gets DVFREE Tick and stands up against dome...

IAG is being awarded the DVFREE Tick by Shine, New Zealand’s specialist anti-domestic violence non-profit organisation, demonstrating its commitment to creating a domestic violence-free workplace where staff can feel safe and supp...

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Insurance Advisernet and NZbrokers

Insurance Advisernet New Zealand Ltd (“IANZ”) has today announced its resignation as a corporate member of NZbrokers Management Limited (NZbrokers) Shaun Standfield Managing Director for Insurance Advisernet Australia...

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The real facts about competency

We have been approached by a number of members recently to clarify what will be acceptable to meet the forthcoming code of conduct for financial advisers. The difficulty is that the new code is yet to be published, although we...

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Marine mix-up

Bryan, an experienced mariner, noticed damage to his yacht when it was moored at a marina.   Fortunately, Bryan had insurance. There was some dispute with the insurer around the cause of the damage. However, in the end, the...

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Extra excess

Chris owned a small furniture business. He purchased a range of business insurance policies through a broker. One of the policies Chris purchased gave him cover for natural disasters. But when the broker sent Chris the insurance...

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Wear and tear

Question... My client has a motor vehicle accident whilst towing a trailer where he lost control and spun off the road. The insurer accepted the claim but disputes some of the damage advising it is general wear and tear (this...

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Run-off cover

Question... I am having discussions with an insurer at the moment regarding run-off cover for public liability (PL) insurance. Not for the first time, I have been advised that run-off cover is not required for PL insurance as it...

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Tenant damage

Question... I'm dealing with a material damage policy, taken out by the insured, a property owner. The insured©s tenant runs a backpacking business from the building. The tenant allowed one of their staff members to...

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Carpet damage

Question... Our client purchased a contract works insurance policy for a 12-month period to cover some major alterations they were doing in their home. Included in the contract works policy was cover for the existing structure....

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Ex-gratia payments and third parties

Question... In a situation where an insurer makes an ex-gratia payment to their client under a material damage policy, does the insurer still obtain the right to subrogated recoveries against a liable third party?...

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Partial replacement

Question... Our client has had one rim damaged after a stone was lodged between the brake calipers and the rim. The client has not been able to buy the same rim as they have been discontinued so has had to purchase a brand new...

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What happens if you change your mind?

Can an insurance broker renege on a proposed underwriting agency relationship...

Entering into a business relationship with another party can be complicated; many issues need to be discussed and agreed to. The parties need to be free to negotiate without commitment until they reach substantial agreement. Once they...

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Family fallout

A family trust owned a house.   The trustee of the trust was a trustee company. The directors were a couple and the woman’s mother. The trustee company arranged insurance for the house through its financial...

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