Premiums and re-insurance

INSURANCE | 6 August 2019

What makes up your premium.

Everyone likes to know what they’re paying for. So we’ve put together an easy breakdown of what makes up your premiums.

Re-insurance

Fun fact: Insurance companies need insurance too. Who knew, right? Called “re-insurance”, this is provided by companies who operate globally and allows us to cover you if a major natural disaster strikes again. Re-insurance costs more in places where the risk of natural disaster is higher.

Claims

Your premiums are also affected by claims inflation (the number and severity of claims made over a year by everyone in New Zealand), as well as your own claim history. Excesses and discounts can nudge your premium up or down.

Risk

In the past, the differences in environmental risk across the country haven’t always been reflected in the price you pay for insurance. But recent natural disasters and severe weather events have made it clear that some parts of the country are riskier to live in – and insure – than others. So, we’ve changed the way we calculate premiums to reflect this.

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Our costs

Managing more than a million policies for 400,000 Kiwi’s incurs steadily rising costs. For example, the costs of materials and labour for repairing homes continues to rise, so home claims costs have also increased

Levies

Levies are charges that are requested by, and paid to, the Government. They’re legally enforced additions to insurance premiums that help cover the cost of services offered by the Earthquake Commission (EQC) and the Fire and Emergency New Zealand (FENZ).

In July 2019 the EQC made some changes, which you can read about at the link below.

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GST

GST is charged at 15% of the total amount owing. So, if there’s any increase to your premium – including levies – you’ll also be paying more GST.

We’re here to help

If you’d like to talk about what makes up your premium – or anything else insurance-related – just give us a call on 0800 80 24 24.