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What is ‘gradual change’?

QUESTION: A client had a bird nest under some roof tiles which caused water to get into a lounge ceiling. The property is the insured's weekend home and the water damage to the ceiling was not found until the following weeken...

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Tree trouble

QUESTION: A tree in a car park owned by a commercial landlord breaks in a weather event and damages a trailer parked in the car park and owned by the tenant to the building. The landlord wishes to make a claim for the damage...

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ICNZ criticises FENZ funding review

The Insurance Council of New Zealand has hit out at the government’s decision to continue funding Fire and Emergency New Zealand through a levy model.  Following a review, policymakers concluded insurance premiums should...

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Managing bushfires in New Zealand

By Mark Taylor Chartered Loss Adjuster, Major & Complex Loss (MCL) Global Pr...

Bushfires are a foreign disaster for New Zealand. Although there have been wildfires in the past, none have been as intense as the recent cases in Australia. The climate in New Zealand is different, and the land isn’t expansive...

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Profits grow at Suncorp

Suncorp New Zealand recorded strong profits in the six months to December and continues to support customers facing Covid-related financial hardship. The insurance group announced a net profit after tax of NZ$129 million for the...

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Virtual event tackles climate risks

Some of the risk and insurance sector’s leading voices met online to discuss the rising threat of climate risks and how to tackle the issue in New Zealand. Research firm CoreLogic hosted a virtual event, ‘Moving ahead...

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Customers no longer contact EQC for disaster cl...

The Earthquake Commission (EQC) and private insurers say a new partnership will provide an improved, more collaborative approach to supporting New Zealanders through natural disasters in the future. Under the new partnership, from...

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Suncorp first to adopt renewable energy project

Suncorp New Zealand is the first New Zealand insurer to adopt Meridian Energy’s 100% Certified Renewable Energy product.  As of July 1, nearly 100% of Suncorp New Zealand’s electricity will be...

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Coronavirus and travel

Question... We appear to have an unusual situation with travel policies and their response to the coronavirus. In general terms, the current advice is as follows. For any travellers proceeding with travel plans, there is...

FSCL Case Study

Covid-19 complaints and the importance of clear...

FSCL expects more complaints about insurance brokers as the pandemic effects ...

We are starting to see a few complaints about insurance brokers arising out of Covid-19 disruption and expect we may see more as time goes on. We anticipate that as clients, in particular small businesses, discover that their...

Opinion

Insurance has a critical role in the crisis ahead

Insurers have opportunity to show support for New Zealand in Covid-19 recover...

Navigating the turbulence of a global economic crisis requires insurers to maintain an even ballast between the cargo of customer interests and buoyant solvency.  In New Zealand, rated one of the riskiest for its size, the...

Opinion

Avoidance for material non-disclosure

Recent English case provides lessons for NZ By Crossley Gates

A Parliamentary Bill is due later this year to start the process of reforming New Zealand’s duty of disclosure law, as well as many other insurance law reforms.  However, given the Covid-19 pandemic, we expect this may...

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Insurers tackle Covid-19

Fewer claims, more hardship – insurance companies navigating pandemic are in ...

Insurers are used to crises: earthquakes, floods, fires and accidents. But this year’s pandemic has thrown a new set of challenges at New Zealand’s insurance industry. Insurers have had to grapple with the...

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Brokers tackle Covid-19

By Angela Cuming

Insurance brokers have felt the impact of Covid-19 swiftly and keenly. From dealing with slow home office internet speeds and the demands of junior “co-workers” home from school to managing clients who are suffering...

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Managing risks in an ever-changing world

By Nick Frith, Andrew Horne, Minter Ellison Rudd Watts

The need to manage risks in an ever-changing world is not new. The insurance market has seen sea changes in approach over the last few decades, driven by the emergence of new risks and lessons from significant events. Significant...

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