These are most definitely difficult and unique times as the world grapples with the rapidly evolving impact of coronavirus (COVID-19). Our thoughts are with those affected across the world, and of course at home in New Zealand.
Times such as these highlight the importance of supporting each other and caring for our community: from the courageous efforts of the health workers across the world to what we can all do individually to protect ourselves, our loved ones and the wider community. For our part, it reinforces the importance of being there for our clients: to offer guidance, to answer queries, and to provide expert advice in these uncertain times.
We will update this page as we receive more information from the Banks and Insurers.
One of the most vital roles we can help you with is to be a sounding board, and to help you with some clear-cut advice and strategies. Please free free to book a phone call with Kieran here.
All of the insurers are currently releasing packages to support their customers. We will continue to add to this as new information comes to hand. Please contact us as we can help you with the claim process.
Partners Life have always had a Premium Holiday and Policy Suspension facility, which are made available for very specific circumstances. For Covid-19, they had added a new entitlement in addition to this.
However, they have now made a discretionary decision to loosen their approach.
Where there has been a 20% decrease in family income, Partners will waive your premiums for up to 6 months, and you will remain covered.
Below is a Claim Form which just needs to be completed and returned, along with a short explanation of your circumstances, and evidence of your 20% reduction in income and that COVID-19 is the cause of income loss.
Asteron Life have available a Premium Holiday for Lump Sum covers (Life, Trauma, Total and Permanent Disability). This is where you remain covered, but do not have to pay the premiums.
They also have a Policy Suspension available for Income and Mortgage Replacement covers. With this, you are not covered, but do not have to pay the premiums.
This requires the completion of the below form, and evidence of your hardship.
Premium Waiver (Lifetrack and RPP) – one-month waivers for customers in need of financial support. Customers can reapply if further support is required due to the relatively limited understanding of how long the pandemic and associated financial pressure will last.
Customers facing financial hardship can use the Suspension of Cover for up to three months. Customers don’t need to make any premium payments for these three months, however there is no cover during the suspension period. Cover will recommence after the three months suspension without the need for underwriting.
Premium Cover – All customers who hold Premium Cover (including those with any of our business products) may be able to claim and have their premiums paid for up to six months if they are made Redundant or declared bankrupt. While claiming on Premium Cover, the customer is still covered.
Fidelity Life have announced they will be offering a three-month premium waiver for those impacted. We are waiting on details of how to claim for this.
Most of the NIB policies can be suspended after 12 months of cover for financial hardship and unemployment. If the policy hasn’t been in force for 12 months, an assessment can be made on a case-by-case basis.
If someone wishes to make a claim that occurred during the suspension period – they can. If the customer is requesting this before they have completed 3 months of suspension they will need to pay from the date the suspension was put in place. If it taking place after 3 months they can pay up to the billing date before their claim.
We are still waiting on further information from Southern Cross, but they do have options available, and these are assessed on a case by case basis. Please contact us, or you can contact Southern Cross directly on 0800 800 181.
BNZ have announced three ways they can help customers through this time, have a read below with some of our thoughts around these options.
Move your repayments to interest only.
Have a Mortgage “Holiday” – up to 6 months
There is some formal information we need, but it is relatively straight forward, this includes:
If you are a BNZ client of ours, please contact us and we can help you through this process. If you are not, unfortunately BNZ have asked if you contact them directly (it is a really simple form).
ANZ is currently allowing customers to apply for Interest Only payments for up to 12 months (for all mortgages under 80%) or have their Principal and Interest payments extended up to 30 years.
ANZ have now announced their 6-month loan repayment deferral. This is where the interest gets added to your loan for this period. Have a read of our comments around the different options in the BNZ section above.
If you are an ANZ client of ours, please contact us and we can help you through this process, or you can contact them directly on the link below.
ASB and Sovereign
ASB and Sovereign have three options:
For ASB you can contact them directly on 0800 803 804, or via internet banking.
For Sovereign, we require the following:
Westpac are offering a six-month payment holiday option for customers impacted by COVID-19. You can contact them on 0800 606 606 or using the button below.