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No cover in place

A woman bought a new house in 2018. She asked her insurance broker to arrange home and contents insurance for the property. When she filled out the application form, she omitted a few details about locks and the alarm system b...

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Small brokers bullish about the future

Mega-mergers have dominated the insurance broking industry in recent years, b...

In the middle of October, global insurance broking giants Aon and Willis Towers Watson formally sought New Zealand approval for their US$30 billion merger, a deal that will reshape the international insurance advisory industry.  ...

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Insurer remedies for fraudulent claims

by Andrew Horne and Nick Frith

In its recent decision in  Taylor v Asteron Life Ltd, the Court of Appeal discusses the fraudulent claims rule – the first time that this rule has been considered in any detail by an appellate court in New Zealand. The ...

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Brokerslink launches dedicated international pl...

Global broking business Brokerslink has launched its dedicated international insurance programme management platform to drive the continued growth and digitalisation of its international portfolio across its broker network. ...

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Landmark UK business interruption case

by Andrew Horne and Nick Frith

In our previous edition, we discussed the various jurisdictions in which insurers’ approaches to business interruption cover following Covid-19 were being scrutinised. In the UK, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)...

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Financial Conduct Authority takes action on beh...

Unlike New Zealand, many business interruption policies issued in England extended cover to interruption in consequence of a notifiable infectious disease. Many of the underwriters of those policies declined their Covid-19 related...

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Insurers investigate car parts questions

The Insurance Council of New Zealand and its members have recently been made aware of a car part supplier allegedly misrepresenting car parts as genuine to New Zealand repairers.  “We understand that since late last year...

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Suncorp assessed remote-working future

A survey of employees at Suncorp New Zealand, one of the country’s largest insurance companies, has revealed that community and connection (79%) and collaboration and problem solving (66%) are the main drivers for employees...

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What you can expect in insurance in 2021

By Craig Furness Managing director of Gallagher Bassett in New Zealand.

A crisis like Covid-19 affects all business sectors. For insurance, the demand to deliver tailored solutions across multiple service lines on a local, national and global scale has certainly increased. The cataclysmic shifts of...

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Cyber attacks and the insurance response

by Andrew Horne, Minter Ellison Rudd Watts

New Zealand’s stock exchange, NZX, suffered cyber-attacks on six consecutive working days earlier this year.  The attacks left it unable to facilitate trading in shares, in its debt market, the Fonterra shareholders’...

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Northland storm costs insurers $37m

Preliminary figures released by the Insurance Council of New Zealand reaffirm the extent of damage the July Northland floods left behind. There has been $37 million paid to date by insurers to support their customers' recovery....

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Advisers told to take care with vulnerable clients

Insurance advisers are being reminded to take care in the way they deal with clients who could be deemed vulnerable. The Financial Markets Authority has indicated that it expects the number of vulnerable people in New Zealand to...

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Vero research reveals small businesses are conf...

Natural disasters rank well down the list of concerns highlighted by Kiwi SMEs, according to Vero’s most recent SME Insurance Index. The index, which surveyed 900 small and medium-sized enterprise owners (SMEs) found that...

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Cyber attacks hit close to home

NZX hack a reminder that any business can fall victim. By Angela Cuming

2020 has exposed our vulnerabilities in unexpected and worrying ways. The ongoing Covid-19 crisis serves as a grim reminder that global pandemics are a real and recurring threat, while the recent cyberattacks on the New Zealand...

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Allianz ponders pandemic cover

Allianz Partners New Zealand is developing selected cover for epidemic and pandemic diseases, including Covid-19, as domestic travel plans increase and travellers keep an eye on future border openings for international travel....

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