According to provisional general insurance claims data released by the Insurance Council of New Zealand (ICNZ), insurers have paid around NZ$111 million for the Auckland Anniversary Weekend flood event that started on January 27, 2023.
“While it is still early days, around $111 million of insurance support has already been paid into communities as part of what will be a long recovery”, said ICNZ Chief Executive Tim Grafton.
“In total, around 48,000 claims have been lodged for that event to date and insurers expect to provide over $1bn in supporting people impacted by the flooding between 27 Jan and 2 February 2022.”
According to the ICNZ, the total includes over 36,000 home and contents claims valued at around $565 million, 3,800 commercial claims valued at around $320 million and 7,500 motor claims worth $109 million.
Additionally, payments to date concern around 11% of claims. While the majority of the claims will be concluded within a number of months, many homes and commercial buildings will still require work, and in many cases, re-builds, that may take many months or years to complete.
At the same time, around 30,000 claims have been lodged as a result of Cyclone Gabrielle, which hit New Zealand from February 12-16.
ICNZ stated that these two events over the space of around a fortnight have resulted in around twice as many claims as made as a result of the 2016 Kaikōura earthquake.
Grafton, added: “Aotearoa’s insurers have been doing all that they can alongside the heroic response of communities and other agencies to help through both with the immediate response and as we start what will be a long recovery process.
“Insurers are in this for the long haul. These are the worst of times for many of us and it’s important that people seek out any help they need. That can include talking to your insurer, especially if people are displaced from their homes or experiencing vulnerability.”
“As insurers work with their customers to get on with the recovery process, it is clear that massive investment is required to reduce the risks people face. This is about keeping people and communities safe. Insurers are playing their part in the many ongoing discussions and work programmes to promote that.”
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