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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…