The right time to talk about mental health in the workplace

With World Mental Health Day approaching on 10 October, is awareness changing how we think about mental health and people affected by it? According to the Mental Health Foundation, 1 in 5 Kiwis will experience mental illness this year. From a workplace perspective, in all likelihood you or someone you work with is affected. Raising awareness is important, but it’s not enough.

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Seats are still available for Dive In Auckland, taking place on 25 September 2018. I encourage you to attend this free event by registering on the Dive In Festival website  or on the app, available on both Apple and Android.


September 14th, 2018
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Cybercrime: protecting your data and reputation

Cybercriminals are sophisticated and determined. Research shows that many businesses have been compromised but don’t know about it and it can take more than 100 days to discover that an uninvited guest has had full access to your business systems. Here are six things you can do to reduce the risk of a successful cyberattack compromising your business:

September 12th, 2018
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Hospitality business insurance: why you could be risking your business

Running a café, restaurant or bar is hard work. It’s long hours, lots of pressure, and a chance of failure.

And if you’re actively involved in the business, cooking, serving, hosting, making drinks, or just being there to manage your operations, chances are you’re not getting a lot of time to rest and reflect on your business.

August 29th, 2018
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NZbrokers welcomes Montage General Insurance Ltd as a new Member from 1 August 2018

On 1 August 2018 Montage General Insurance Ltd will become a Partner of the NZbrokers group, the largest broker network in New Zealand.

August 1st, 2018
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Thousands of e-Bike & Drone Owners Not Covered by Insurance - Report

Thousands of Kiwi drone and e-bike owners are being warned to check their insurance policies as experts caution the industry has not kept pace with the development of new technologies.

July 30th, 2018
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No more free windscreen cover for Kiwis

The rising cost of windscreens means Kiwi drivers may soon have to pay extra for the windscreen insurance they’re currently getting as part of existing policies. This means they will have to pay the cost of windscreen replacement or else pay an extra premium and an excess to have their windscreen covered. 

June 27th, 2018
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The value of a risk advisor

Most businesses are aware of the importance of being appropriately insured. Often, however, business owners are more concerned with getting their insurance at the right price rather than focusing on the wording of the policy to make sure they’re covered for the most likely eventualities. This is where a risk advisor can be of great benefit.

June 20th, 2018
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NZbrokers members well-represented in the Insurance Business NZ 2018 Young Guns report

The NZbrokers network has been incredibly well-represented in the recent Insurance Business NZ 2018 Young Guns report. Touted as the industry’s rising stars, these young professionals are blazing a trail in an industry being disrupted by evolving customer expectations, emerging technologies, and a continued focus on helping customers manage risk. The report chose just 20 young professionals to highlight and seven of these are from  the NZbrokers network. 

April 30th, 2018
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NZbrokers Continues to Build Strong Momentum with Acquisitions and New Members

NZbrokers continues to build momentum through strong growth within the current network and a solid pipeline of potential acquisitions and new members, having grown from 56 to 60 partners in the last 12 months. 

February 28th, 2018
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Cost of Weather Insurance Claims up 70% – New Data

Kiwi SME’s need to do more to prepare for adverse weather events with new industry figures showing the cost of insurance claims has increased by 70% in the past three years alone. Jo Mason CEO of NZbrokers, one of the country’s largest insurance brokerage groups says new insurance claim data shows the number of storm […]

January 6th, 2018
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Property Insurance Costs Tipped to Rise

The cost of insuring some buildings could rise by more than 50 percent in just three months according to new figures from insurance brokers. David Crick managing director of Runacres Insurance says the cost increase is likely to be disproportionately larger for lower value dwellings. “Immediately following the Christchurch earthquakes in 2010 and 2011, we […]

August 29th, 2017
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Rising Building Costs Leaving 85% of NZ Homeowners Underinsured

Rapidly rising building costs and changes to policy wording mean Kiwi homeowners are uninsured by an average of 28 percent – according to an industry expert. Jo Mason CEO of NZbrokers, New Zealand’s largest insurance broking collective, says a spate of recent natural disasters has highlighted the need for homeowners to contact their broker and […]

May 12th, 2017
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Apex General Ltd became a Member of the NZbrokers group

On 1 October 2016 Apex General Ltd became a Member of the NZbrokers group, the largest broker network in New Zealand. Apex was founded in 1992 by their current Chairman, Andrew Hay. Initially Apex was established through the amalgamation of several local broker businesses, growing to become one of the largest privately owned brokers in […]
October 1st, 2016
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NZ acquisition for broker network AUB Group

BrokerWeb Risk Services (BWRS) in combination with its acquisition partner AUB Group NZ (AUB NZ) has acquired a 50% shareholding in Bay of Plenty insurance broker Dawson Insurance Brokers (Rotorua) Ltd. The company said the move had been secured by acquiring ‘a large portion’ of managing director Rob Harvey’s shareholding, as part of his plan […]
July 29th, 2016
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Insurance Business NZ: AUB Group boss on 2015 highlights and challenges for 2016

AUB Group managing director Mark Searles tells IBNZ his 2015 highlights and what challenges he expects the company – and the industry – will face this year. What have been the highlights of 2015 for you? We’ve just achieved our 10th consecutive year of underlying profit growth since listing, which, given the recent state of […]
January 19th, 2016
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NZbrokers one of Insurance Business NZ’s top stories of 2015

7th most read Insurance Business NZ article in 2015 – not bad! See below for an excerpt from IBNZ’s article ‘2015 top story shocker’ regarding our initial partnership announcement. “The brokers were making waves too however. When BrokerWeb Management, NZbrokers Holdings and Brokernet NZ announced their new partnership it put them in the 7th most […]
January 6th, 2016
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Group’s owner acquires one of NZ’s largest brokers

AUB Group (owners of NZbrokers) has acquired one of New Zealand’s largest brokers – the current Insurance Broker of the Year, Runacres and Associates – from IAG. The group has arranged the deal through its 80% owned entity AUB Group NZ Ltd, making the announcement this morning. AUB Group CEO and managing director, Mark Searles, who is also […]
December 14th, 2015
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Runacres & Associates Ltd wins Small/Medium Broker of the Year Award

NZbrokers is delighted to congratulate its member, Runacres & Associates Ltd, for winning the title of Small/Medium Broker of the Year at the New Zealand Insurance Industry Awards at the SKYCITY Convention Centre in Auckland last night. The event, hosted by the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance (ANZIIF), was a celebration honouring […]
November 6th, 2015
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Hawke’s Bay merger to double BWRS’ Napier operations

Hawke’s Bay Insurances Ltd (HBi) has merged with BrokerWeb Risk Services Ltd (BWRS) which will take effect from 1 November 2015. “This is being achieved by way of BWRS acquiring the Goodwill and associated assets of HBi,” HBi’s Bill Reilly and BWRS’ David Archer said in a joint statement yesterday. “The coming together of these […]
October 26th, 2015
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Five Minutes With…Jim Harris, NZbrokers

Why did you get into insurance? My father was manager of NIMU in Pukekohe and Rotorua so I had a taste for it growing up, having followed him around panel-beater shops for many years as a school boy. How would you sum up insurance brokers in three words? Delivering financial security. What’s the strangest thing […]
October 12th, 2015
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