News in Brief


Financial Advice NZ – Awards Extension and New Business Partners

Financial Advice New Zealand has extended the nomination deadline for its Awards to 26 July.

The five award categories include:

  • Service to the Profession Award
  • Outstanding Adviser Awards
  • Rising Star Awards
  • Outstanding Support Person Awards
  • Community Service Awards

The association has also welcomed two new Business Partners, Astute Financial Management and Mitre Wealth Management.

Southern Cross Appoints Strategic Advisor 

Southern Cross Health Society has appointed Dr Lester Levy as Strategic Advisor – Future of Healthcare, a new role created to help the insurer meet the future needs of members.

Dr Levy will be working in a part-time capacity, advising and helping to shape the Society’s overall strategy, with particular focus on evolving the future operating model, and plans for digital health and value-based contracting to achieve optimum health outcomes.

Reporting to CEO Nick Astwick, Dr Levy will interface with the global and local health insurance, medical and academic communities to keep Southern Cross at the forefront of innovation.

Dr Levy was a medical doctor prior to becoming a chief executive, entrepreneur and chair of boards of directors across a range of industry sectors and brings nearly 30 years in management and governance to the role.