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Underwriting the unvaccinated: rating risk in a...

Olivia de Pont, senior associate, MinterEllisonRuddWatts

A person’s COVID-19 vaccination status and how they may be treated as a result has become an increasingly controversial topic. Among other issues, it raises the question of how insurers may take vaccination status into accoun...

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What you might not know about Accredited Employ...

Gallagher Bassett chief client officer, Steven Walsh

The Accredited Employer Programme (AEP) can be appealing and cost-effective for large employers seeking to lower costs and self-manage injury claims within their workforce. Facilitated by the Accident Compensation Corporate (ACC), this ...

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Government income protection insurance launch

Workers made redundant could receive up to 80% of their wages for seven months under a new government proposal.  Finance minister Grant Robertson has unveiled plans for a new state-backed income insurance scheme, which will ...

Humans of NZI

Cultivating the future of claims

Meet Chris Hughes, NZI’s new Executive Manager, Broker and Specialist Claims,...

Born in London, raised in Hawkes Bay and proud Waiwera Valley resident, Chris Hughes, executive manager broker and specialist claims, started in the insurance industry 33 years ago and has recently come full circle.  After an...

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Long-awaited Insurance Contracts Bill released

Lloyd Cavanagh, partner, MinterEllisonRuddWatts and Sarah Jones, solicitor, M...

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) released a consultation draft of the Insurance Contracts Bill (Bill) for public feedback on February 24. The Bill reforms and updates New Zealand’s insurance contract law...

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Insurance product for digital nomads

Global travel and health insurer PassportCard has launched a new product designed solely for digital nomads.  The product is aimed at digital-savvy remote workers and equips customers with a PassportCard red credit card. If a...

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Wotton + Kearney adds to cyber team

Law firm Wotton + Kearney has promoted cyber, privacy and data security specialist Joseph Fitzgerald to partner. Fitzgerald advises large sporting, health, education and infrastructure bodies, as well as SME and non-profit...

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New Zealand Insurance Industry Awards 2021

      CONGRATULATIONS! Broking Professional of the Year Faith Owens, Bridges Insurance Large Broking Company of the Year Insurance Advisernet New Zealand...

PIQ College

PIQ Welcomes New CEO, Simon Casford

In October, Professional IQ College welcomed new CEO, Simon Casford. A business leader who has been at the helm of change, innovation, and growth many times, Simon brings extensive experience in the education sector, having held...

PIQ College

Closing the Gaps

Quick Checks from PIQ

For many Fire & General advisers, attaining the New Zealand Certificate in Financial Services Level 5 (NZCFSL5) has either been ticked off the list or is well underway. Which is a great place to be some 16 months before the...

IFSO Case Study

Methamphetamine contamination confusion

Through a financial adviser, a couple held insurance on a rental property. In June 2020, the couple discovered that their rental property had been damaged by methamphetamine contamination. They made a claim through their financial...

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Under the influence of drugs

QUESTION: Policy exclusion: "This policy does not insure loss to or liability arising from any insured vehicle while it is being driven by any person who is under the influence of any intoxicating substance or drug."...

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Shared fence dispute

QUESTION: Our client has a shared fence with a neighbour. The fence blew down during some of the big storms. Our client provided a quote to their insurer that stated repairs costs and replacement costs. Their Insurer...

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Pleasurecraft: is insurer on board?

QUESTION: Insured sold their pleasurecraft a year ago, the purchaser has not paid the full amount (will pay remainder later) but essentially owns the vessel. The vessel continued to be insured because the client assumed that...

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Car swap gone wrong

QUESTION: The client had a mutual agreement to swap his vehicle for another vehicle with a third party. However, a disagreement broke out, and our client’s vehicle was taken with the keys and was left with no vehicle....

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