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July extreme weather insurance claims hit $43.7m

14 Sep 2022

New claims data released today by the Insurance Council of New ZealandTe Kāhui Inihua o Aotearoa (ICNZ) show that weeks of extreme weather over July resulted in 6,266 general insurance claims with a provisional value of $43.7 million.  

“Extreme weather continues to hit Aotearoa New Zealand’s communities hard”, said ICNZ Chief Executive, Tim Grafton. “We must act now to increase resilience and so lessen the impact of climate change on our way of life. This is not just about those things typically covered by general insurance such as our homes, vehicles and businesses. We also need to protect our infrastructure, environment and general way of life which is all too easily disrupted by climate-driven extreme weather events.”   

Three extreme weather events were declared by the general insurance sector in July:

  • 11 - 13 July, New Zealand wide                             2,570 claims                   $15.4 m
  • 17 – 21 July, South Island                                       1,694 claims                   $16.1 m
  • 24 – 27 July, New Zealand wide                            2,002 claims                   $12.2 m

Total                                                                                   6,266 claims                 $43.7 m            

Final claims data for 20 May’s Levin tornado is also published today. Preliminary figures of 807 claims valued at $8.1 million have been finalised at 930 claims worth $11m.

While preliminary claims data for August’s extreme weather-related claims are expected around the end of the month, July’s events take the running total for such claims in 2022 to around $245m, compared to $324 million for all of 2021 which in itself set a new record.

“The rising cost of climate change is plain for all to see, both within Aotearoa and overseas. This comes at a time when we are facing rising general inflation, outsized building cost inflation and ongoing supply chain issues. These are tough times for customers and insurers alike,” said Tim.   

ENDS – KA MUTU
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Notes to Editors

ICNZ data collection process

  1. Once an event has concluded, ICNZ issues a notice to its members to record data for it.
  2. Provisional data are available around four weeks after the event after policy holders have lodged claims and initial assessments have been made.
  3. Final numbers are reported after around three months once most claims have been settled.

Detailed regional breakdowns are typically not available for events that affect large areas of the country.

WEATHER-RELATED LOSSES – [Provisional Figures]

11-13 July 2022  NEW ZEALAND WEATHER

 

 

Number of Claims

Total $ Amount

Domestic

2,055

10,161,316

Commercial Material Damage

317

3,558,712

Business Interruption/Loss of Profits

7

281,725

Marine (including Land Transit)

                   Trailercraft

                   Moored craft

2

13,523

 

0

0

0

0

Motor Vehicle

172

1,053,663

Crops

0

0

Other

17

313,805

TOTAL

2,570

15,382,744

 

WEATHER-RELATED LOSSES – [Provisional Figures]

17-21 July 2022  SOUTH ISLAND WEATHER

 

 

Number of Claims

Total $ Amount

Domestic

1,171

5,989,735

Commercial Material Damage

324

5,785,735

Business Interruption/Loss of Profits

3

683,501

Marine (including Land Transit)

                   Trailercraft

                   Moored craft

0

0

1

3,043

0

0

Motor Vehicle

178

1,825,386

Crops

0

0

Other

17

1,815,418

TOTAL

1,694

16,102,818

 

WEATHER-RELATED LOSSES – [Provisional Figures]

24-27 July 2022  NEW ZEALAND WEATHER

 

 

Number of Claims

Total $ Amount

Domestic

1,591

7,614,614

Commercial Material Damage

257

3,474,119

Business Interruption/Loss of Profits

5

74,675

Marine (including Land Transit)

                   Trailercraft

                   Moored craft

4

68,370

0

0

0

0

Motor Vehicle

129

858,793

Crops

0

0

Other

16

136,133

TOTAL

2,002

12,226,704

 

 

WEATHER-RELATED LOSSES – [Final Figures]

20 May – LEVIN TORNADO

 

 

Number of Claims

Total $ Amount

Domestic

625

8,695,558

Commercial Material Damage

96

1,189,954

Business Interruption/Loss of Profits

3

17,000

Marine (including Land Transit)

                   Trailercraft

                   Moored craft

0

0

0

0

0

0

Motor Vehicle

203

1,141,951

Crops

0

0

Other

3

9,164

TOTAL

930

11,053,627