New Christchurch manager

After 14 years with Abbott Insurance Brokers on the client side, Andrew Dufton has taken on a new challenge as Christchurch Branch Manager. Leading our flagship branch is an exciting prospect for Andrew and one he’s well suited to.  Since joining Abbott Insurance Brokers in 2004, Andrew has been a dedicated commercial broker, a broker […]

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Finding the right loan for you

Bernie McCrea will canvas lenders nationwide, so you don’t have to. He has relationships with all the major banks, along with second tier lenders specializing in more complex loans in the development/bridging space. Whatever your borrowing requirements, Bernie will do the legwork, find the best deal, and structure a loan that works for you. For […]

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Lindsay Kerr: a stellar innings for North Canterbury

Lindsay Kerr embodies the Abbott difference – that special collection of personal qualities, professionalism, passion and care you can’t quite put your finger on, but you recognise when you experience it. He’s exactly the sort of person you want on your team. A long-time insurance professional, Lindsay’s career spans more than 50 years.  Starting as […]

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We’re on Waiheke

It’s been all systems go since our merger with I C Frith & Associates in January gave us nationwide coverage under the Abbott brand.  But not content to rest on our North Island laurels, we’ve already added another location to the Abbott mix. We’ve welcomed Waiheke Island local Ady Perry to the Abbott team to […]

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Parasitic worm unlikely hero

A trans-Tasman research team believes hookworms may be the key to treating Coeliac Disease.  Remarkably, it seems these parasitic worms produce molecules beneficial to gut flora in people suffering from inflammatory diseases of the digestive tract. It’s called worm-induced immune modulation and, according to the Bowel and Liver Trust’s General Manager, Margaret Fitzgerald, it could […]

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Risky business

We all love the convenience and ease of digital life, but cyber insurance is one of the fastest growing insurance lines for a reason. The simple fact is, the bigger your digital footprint, the greater the risk of unwelcome attention – to you, your family, your business and your customers.  And while it’s tempting to […]

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Book our BBQ trailer

Now’s the time to book our BBQ trailer for your spring fundraising events. It’s had a major make-over during the winter months and is looking resplendent in Abbott blue.  Your fundraiser will not be missed! If you would like to book our fabulous BBQ trailer for use within Christchurch, please contact: Jon Saxton 027 840 […]

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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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