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Rothbury appoints two established industry leaders

Rothbury Insurance Brokers has appointed two highly experienced and established industry leaders.  The appointments were made at the start of the year and bring significant expertise to the business.   Treena...

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Remembering.....Robyn Gosden

The insurance industry has paid tribute to long-serving IBANZ employee Robyn ...

The much-loved IBANZ employee had worked for the organisation since its formation in 2005, and was responsible for arranging a host of industry events. Tributes flooded in from across the market, led by IBANZ chief executiv...

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Remembering.....Stephen Doecke

21.09.1964 to 01.03.2021

The insurance industry lost one of its true innovators and unique personalities on 1 st  March 2021.  Stephen Doecke was an Australian Import to the NZ insurance industry hailing from Murray Bridge, South Australia. ...

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Delta Insurance opens Australia office

New Zealand underwriting agency Delta Insurance has opened its first office in Australia, as the fast-growing liability insurer looks for new clients across the Tasman.  Delta already operates in Singapore, becoming the first...

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Misunderstanding “off-roading”

A man complained his insurer had an incorrect understanding of the term “off-roading”. His claim had been declined after his vehicle stopped in the middle of a river. In May 2020, Mr Vaai* was driving his vehicle...

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Impact of Covid-19 and redundancy

Mrs Hall* had payment protection insurance and made a claim to the insurer when her employer terminated her employment due to COVID-19. The insurer declined the claim, on the basis that Mrs Hall had been made redundant due to the...

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Wine liability

Question: Our client contracts to a large transport company who has contracts with wineries to transport grapes from their vineyards. The client is paid on an hourly basis to transport the grapes on behalf of the...

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Vermin problem

Question: Birds have set up nests in the outdoor component of our client’s combine heater & hot water system causing both direct & resulting damage. The policy exclusion states cover is excluded for damage...

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Solar panel theft

Question: The insured operates a communications business which includes the setting up and supply of radio networks. They have over 20 transmitting sites throughout NZ, many of these are in high altitude remote areas. Due...

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Dog walker dilemma

Question: We have a dog walker who a colleague is looking to provide quotes for under GL. We have it agreed by insurers we have got terms from that the Care Custody Control (CCC) extension will extend to treat dogs as...

FSCL Case Study

Aviation scam leads to dispute

A business owner runs an aviation engineering business and needed a rare engine part for a helicopter he was working on. He found and purchased the part from a USA supplier. The person transferred $28,000 into the supplier’s...

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Conviction causes confusion

A business owner runs a small construction company. As their business grew they contacted an insurance adviser to take out public liability insurance. The adviser sent through the policy documents, invoice and a form requesting...

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Weather events hit Suncorp NZ profit

Suncorp New Zealand saw profits drop by 34.9% in the six months to December due to a sharp increase in severe weather events.  Post-tax profit fell to $84 million in the half-year due to a series of flood events and declining...

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Liability Insurance: Key differences between PL...

Crossley Gates and Frank Rose, Keegan Alexander

Underwriters have historically broken-down liability insurance into several well-known products. Each product addresses a specific basket of ways that the insured can become legally liable to a third party.  In this article,...

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Keeping kiwis in the know about vehicle safety

Here at Smith&Smith®, we’re on a mission to help keep your clients safe on ou...

As advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) become more common in vehicles worldwide and the safety technology becomes smarter, it is even more important that vehicle owners and repairers understand just how complex these systems are,...

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