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…

Southern-most office open for business

Heath Johnson is a man on a mission, spending countless hours behind the wheel travelling between our Christchurch Head Office, Southsure’s Head Office in Invercargill, and Dunedin, where he’s been charged with establishing our southern-most brokerage. Following Southsure Assurance Ltd’s investment in Abbott Insurance Brokers as a cornerstone shareholder in April 2014, it made good…

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…

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…

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.…

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…

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…

New head office takes Abbotts forward

The Abbott Group head office’s move to a brand-new building in central Christchurch offers us the space and location to take the company into the future. With stunning views of the Avon river and a front-line view of the rebuild, the new Abbott House at 128 Kilmore Street has plenty of room for our growing…

Is Life Insurance Advice necessary?

Life insurance is pretty straightforward, isn’t it? For all practical intents and purposes, it’s a commodity where price is the key factor. You die, your family receives a lump sum payment. Pretty basic really. That’s exactly what many people think when they take out life cover. But it’s not that simple. Actually, it’s a potential…

Meet the new faces at Abbotts

We are delighted to welcome two new staff members to the Abbott team: Melissa Davenport joined us in March as Broker Assistant to Stuart Speirs. Melissa has a number of years experience in the insurance industry. She also has wide and varied skills from a Bachelor of Business Management, a scholarship to study business practices…