What do EQC’s claims handling changes mean for you?

The Earthquake Commission (EQC) reviewed its claims management process last year in the wake of widespread criticism following the 2010-2011 Canterbury earthquakes. Under a new agreement between EQC and the Insurance Council of New Zealand that came into effect in December 2016, policyholders now deal directly with their insurers for all earthquake-related house and contents […]

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ACC levies – are you paying too much?

Following a $35,000 client refund from ACC, our dedicated Life and Health adviser Bree Catterall says it pays to check your ACC levy calculation. Your ACC levy is determined by the Business Industry Classification Unit (BIC) code assigned to your business, but it’s an arbitrary grouping applied across the workplace and business owners need to […]

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New addition to our Board

We welcome Tim Loan to the Abbott Board as the Southsure appointed director.  Tim has extensive experience in the banking and information systems industries and is currently the Chief Financial Officer at SBS Bank. Based in Invercargill, Tim joined the Board in May and offers a fresh insight into financial services as SBS Bank continues […]

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Fire & general policyholders face levy increases

  With the Earthquake Commission and Fire Service levies on the increase, it can be tempting to look for ways to save but whatever you do, don’t compromise your insurance cover. It’s important you continue to have the right cover in place, where and when you need it. If you are concerned about the impact of […]

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Walk the line

From Invercargill to Cape Reinga, we walked an imaginary line up the islands in an increasingly competitive office challenge. With our standardized, office issued pedometers at the ready, our in-house health promotions committee of Donna, Kendal and Lynne, divided the Christchurch team into four, and gave us four weeks get to Cape Reinga – one […]

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Bowel & Liver Trust fundraising boost

Help us reach our fundraising target by purchasing your Entertainment 2017 membership through us. With 20 percent of each digital membership or book sold going to our charity of choice, we’re helping the Bowel & Liver Trust do their vital research and promotion work. So if you’re looking for a corporate gift idea, or something […]

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Abbott Sharp Shooters

Congratulations to the aptly named Abbott Sharp Shooters for winning the Coastal Spirit Football Club’s summer five-aside competition in February, beating some interesting rivals in the open grade social draw including ‘Messi Undies’. The Sharp Shooters starred some of the wider Abbott family, with players representing the Cameron, Halpine and Reid families. With plenty of […]

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Bowel and Liver Trust Fundraising

Abbott Group is proud to be a foundation sponsor of the Bowel & Liver Trust, making an annual donation of $10,000 towards the Trust’s lifesaving research and promotional work. But we’re keenly aware that fundraising is a constant demand for Bowel & Liver Trust General Manager Margaret Fitzgerald.  So this year, we’re trialling new ways to […]

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Abbott team wins big at awards night

In the lead-up to Christmas last year, our Life and Health team travelled to Rotorua for the annual Kepa Awards and were rewarded with some significant wins. Derrick Abbott was awarded the prestigious Kepa Pinnacle Award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to both the financial services industry and the community during his 40-plus year […]

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One click travel insurance

From relaxing Island holidays to European adventures, with so many great online travel deals it’s never been easier to lock-in your next family holiday. And while it’s tempting to check the button on an airline’s default travel insurance option, it pays to know exactly what you’ll be covered for. You can buy travel insurance right […]

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Money mules and hackers

It’s easy to assume online scammers are focused on the big players – eBay, Amazon and closer to home, Trade Me – businesses that sell exclusively online and with significant turnover. But in reality, online scammers are far more likely to target small to medium enterprises, and they’re a lot more attentive to us than […]

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February deadline for commercial earthquake claims

If you have an unresolved commercial claim for damage relating to the 22 February 2011 Canterbury earthquake and you have not yet filed proceedings, we recommend you contact your lawyer urgently. Who’s affected? Commercial policyholders with unresolved earthquake claims relating to damage caused by the 22 February 2011 earthquake may be affected under the Limitation […]

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Earthquake: what do you need to know?

Sunday night’s severe 7.5 earthquake shook us all out of our beds, causing significant damage in the heaviest-hit areas, and widespread distress and upheaval across the country.  What do our clients need to know? We hope that our valued clients and their families are safe and well after the earthquake near Culverden and the resulting […]

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Is private health insurance worth it?

Kiwis expect our health services to be funded by the taxpayer. And, for the most part, that’s what we get. So why are thousands of New Zealanders choosing to pay for private health insurance? Many people assume that when they need it, either ACC or the public health system will cover them. And that is […]

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Abbott Southern is open for business

For the last 6 months Abbott’s southernmost broker, Heath Johnson, has been clocking up the miles driving back and forth between Otago and Southland. Since opening our Dunedin office in April, Heath Johnson has been a man on a mission. He has been working hard to establish our new office and build up a clientele, […]

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Cybersecurity and the Board

“Put cyber security on the agenda before it becomes the agenda” – NZ Institute of Directors Do you believe that cyber security is just an issue for the IT department to worry about? If you do, your company may be at risk of more than just a cyber breach. The consequences of a cyber breach […]

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Meet the new faces at Abbott

Russell Power joins us as a Fire & General broker. Russell has nearly 30 years experience in the insurance industry in both the UK and NZ and knows insurance inside out. Since emigrating to NZ in 1994 with his Kiwi wife, Russell has worked for brokerages in both Christchurch and Dunedin. He also spent 12 […]

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Abbott team bake up a storm for Ronald McDonald House

Abbott Christchurch staff put on their pinnies and baked up a storm to spread some cheer to the families staying at Ronald McDonald House recently. A team of Abbott volunteers led by broker Judith Fairbairn, packed around 26 platefuls of yummy baking into boxes and delivered the huge pile of goodies to Ronald McDonald House. […]

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How well do you know your tenants?

Contamination by illegal substances such as meth labs in residential properties is becoming far too familiar. Experts say there could be up to 2000 P labs operating in rented houses in New Zealand, yet police only bust 200 P labs each year.   What can landlords do to protect themselves against their rental property being […]

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New partner for us means more benefits for you

The strength of our business has been recognised internationally, with the Steadfast Group acquiring a 45% shareholding in Abbott. For our clients, there won’t be any obvious change. Our broker principals will remain with the business and will be able to focus extensively on servicing their clients and growing our business nationwide. However, behind the […]

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