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More support for legislative changes covering insurance non-disclosure

More support for legislative changes covering insurance non-disclosure

Wednesday, 6 May 2015 9:03 a.m. by avonsidechch

The Insurance Business New Zealand website reprorts that dispute resolution service Financial Services Complaints Ltd (FSCL) supports the Insurance and Savings Ombudsman’s view legislation is needed to deal with non-disclosure and insurance claims. The article is here. The following are extracts from the article: “We are a step behind overseas jurisdictions like Australia and the UK. “I think

Residential Red Zone offer feedback sought

Residential Red Zone offer feedback sought

Wednesday, 6 May 2015 12:15 a.m. by avonsidechch

CERA is seeking feedback on their Preliminary Draft Residential Red Zone Offer Recovery Plan. 

Legal class action against Southern Response?

Legal class action against Southern Response?

Thursday, 30 April 2015 6:10 a.m. by avonsidechch

Wednesday’s Press has an article Southern Response class action ‘no win, no fee’ here. The proposal, offered by law firm GCA lawyers, is for “disgruntled customers of a major earthquake claims-holder to join "no win, no fee"class action lawsuit.” Sounds too good to be true (and potentially is). Click on the link to continue. The following extract from the Press article is important and needs to

Insurance Ombudsman wants insurance legislation to cover non-disclosure of information

Insurance Ombudsman wants insurance legislation to cover non-disclosure of information

Tuesday, 28 April 2015 6:40 a.m. by avonsidechch

The Insurance Business New Zealand website is reporting that the Insurance and Savings Ombudsman Karen Stevens supports legislation to better protect customers relating to information they disclose to an insurer. The following are extracts from the article (the full article is ).

A plan followed by consultation for the outstanding red zone Crown offers

A plan followed by consultation for the outstanding red zone Crown offers

Tuesday, 21 April 2015 9:20 p.m. by avonsidechch

Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee has decided that everyone can have a say on what level of pay-out should be provided to those in the Red Zones who have been ineligible so far (uninsured owners of land and property). It is hard to tell whether the Minister has suddenly been overcome by a desire to indulge in participatory decision making or it is a device to allow public participation

Help with making an Official Information Act (OIA) request

Help with making an Official Information Act (OIA) request

Wednesday, 15 April 2015 1:30 p.m. by avonsidechch

The New Zealand Herald is helping to re-establish a website designed to make requesting official information as easy as possible. From the Herald’s website: The Herald is helping relaunch FYI.org.nz - a website which helps members of the public to make Official Information Act (OIA) requests. Rowan Crawford, a software developer, set up the FYI website after a 2009 Open Government event as the

Fair Insurance Code 2016– where to now?

Fair Insurance Code 2016– where to now?

Monday, 23 March 2015 6:15 a.m. by avonsidechch

The revised Fair Insurance Code has yet to be ratified. It is to be considered at the ICNZ AGM some time this month and “there may be minor adjustments” to the Code. One wonders what “minor” might allow by way of changes.

Summarising the Revised Fair Insurance Code – Part 3

Summarising the Revised Fair Insurance Code – Part 3

Friday, 20 March 2015 7:18 a.m. by avonsidechch

Insurance policies and the associated code of conduct cannot be seen in isolation from those who buy the policies, and the claims experiences they undergo. 

Summarising the Revised Fair Insurance Code – Part 2

Summarising the Revised Fair Insurance Code – Part 2

Tuesday, 17 March 2015 6:30 a.m. by avonsidechch

In this post we will look at whether the Code is fair or transparent, and whether utmost good faith remains relevant to New Zealand insurance practices.

Summarising the Revised Fair Insurance Code and its shortcomings – Part 1

Summarising the Revised Fair Insurance Code and its shortcomings – Part 1

Thursday, 12 March 2015 6:35 a.m. by avonsidechch

The Fair Insurance Code serves two purposes: operational and political. 

About Avonside Blog

This is a weblog about those living in Cowlishaw Street, Chaddesden Lane, Patten Street, Retreat Road (and close by) in the suburb of Avonside. Avonside is one of the suburbs in the city of Christchurch (New Zealand) which was damaged by an earthquake on the 4th of September 2010.

The bulk of the posts and comments come from the community blog at avonsidechch.blogspot.com which was set up to provide a source of information and background material along with opportunites for comments and opinions.

This site also contains material of a more general nature, or opinions purely my own, and so not necessarily representative of our little community.

In all cases what you read represents the views of the author or commentor and nobody else.

If you, as a visitor, feel something on the blog is not quite right, or not really appropriate, let me know and I will edit or moderate the material if appropriate.

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