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Insurance laws under spotlight

A review of insurance contracts law wants to tackle issues of non-disclosure. Submissions are currently open on an options paper that sets out the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s plans to revamp the laws tha...

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Dash cams offer clarity for claims

QBE Insurance and road safety organisation Brake are encouraging businesses and motorists to embrace New Zealand’s dash cam usage trend, citing the devices’ significant potential insurance, financial and safety benefits. ...

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AMI may shut branches

AMI is reviewing aspects of its nationwide network of retail stores as customer preferences change. Alex Geale, executive manager of the AMI retail network, said it was the biggest of any insurer in New Zealand and that was not goi...

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Code of conduct approved

A code of conduct for financial advice has been approved by the Commerce Minister and will come into effect in about nine months’ time. The code sits alongside the new advice legislation, which creates a level playing field...

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Insurers praise climate move

Insurers are backing the Government’s Climate Change Response Amendment Bill. Governments will be required to reduce biological methane by at least 10% by 2030 and between 24% and 47% by 2050.  All other...

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Insurers, brokers welcome levy review

The Government will review how Fire and Emergency New Zealand (FENZ) is funded, a move that is being welcomed by the industry. The FENZ levy has been controversial for many years.  In 2017, the fire service levy for...

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EQC concerns voiced

People are saying they want to see more empathy, transparency, relevant expertise, quality assurance around assessments and repairs, and greater timeliness with claims, in feedback so far to the public inquiry into the Earthquake...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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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