News in Brief


Rothbury Insurance Brokers Team Up With Grow NZ Business

Rothbury Insurance Brokers has announced a strategic alliance with Kiwi business advisory group, Grow NZ Business, to promote growth for its business clients.

Grow NZ Business links SMEs in New Zealand to local and global business partners to offer them access to leading solutions across all facets of business.

Rothbury Insurance stated the alliance will see their business clients offered free Grow NZ Business membership for one year and Grow NZ Business members will have access to Rothbury’s insurance broking expertise and claims advocacy services.

“Our business has never been just about insurance,” says Rothbury Strategic Partner Manager, Richard Davis. “We are a people company and we think of ourselves as a strategic business partner to our clients. We’re constantly on the hunt for new ways we can add value for our clients and their businesses.”

AIA in Top 20 Companies Globally Leading Strategic Transformation

AIA New Zealand has announced the company has been named among 20 companies globally to have achieved the highest-impact business transformations over the last decade.

The report, by strategic consultancy firm, Innosight, was published in the Harvard Business Review.

AIA was included alongside companies such as Netflix, Amazon, Microsoft and Alibaba, and recognised for moving from a traditional health insurance provider to a ‘collaborator with consumers’ by introducing health and wellbeing programme, AIA Vitality.

AIA New Zealand CEO, Nick Stanhope, said, “To be included in this list of well-known, leading global brands is proof of our commitment to transformation.

“When we introduced AIA Vitality earlier this year we knew that we were going to transform the role we play in our customers’ lives and in society. We’ve moved from being a payer of claims, to a partner in the health and wellbeing of our customers,” he said.

New Retirement Commissioner Appointed

Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister, Kris Faafoi, has announced the appointment of Jane Wrightson as Retirement Commissioner, for a three-year term commencing on 10 February 2020.

Wrightson is currently the Chief Executive of NZ On Air, which allocates money to a wide variety of local media content ranging from TV and radio to digital.

Commenting on the appointment, Faafoi said, “Jane has strong leadership, management and governance skills which will help champion improved financial capability for all New Zealanders and provide advice on retirement income policy issues.”

Faafoi thanked Interim Retirement Commissioner, Peter Cordtz, for the leadership and professionalism he has demonstrated. Cordtz will return to his other role as GM Communities.