Media releases 2015

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Media releases 2015

Dec
24

Health and wealth stress us out

Thursday, 24 December 2015 by Aimee Bourke

Health and money are the two things stressing us out according to a recent survey by New Zealand’s largest health insurer Southern Cross.
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Dec
22

SCTI release the highest claims for 2015

Tuesday, 22 December 2015 by Aimee Bourke

Southern Cross Travel Insurance (SCTI) paid out over half a million dollars for one claim in 2015, the second highest in the company’s history.
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Dec
21

Smelly travellers getting up your nose

Monday, 21 December 2015 by Aimee Bourke

Smelly travellers are getting up the nose of Kiwi holidaymakers who say offensive body odour is the most annoying thing about fellow passengers on a flight.
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Dec
02

Southern Cross AGM results

Wednesday, 2 December 2015 by Aimee Bourke

Southern Cross Medical Care Society welcomed a new director, among other business, at their Annual General Meeting held in Ellerslie yesterday.
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Nov
27

Plan ahead for pet's sake

Friday, 27 November 2015 by Aimee Bourke

The SPCA are calling on owners to plan ahead for their pet’s old age, or unexpected injuries or illness.
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Nov
24

Southern Cross cracks down on suspicious claims

Tuesday, 24 November 2015 by Aimee Bourke

Southern Cross Health Society is cracking down on suspicious claiming and poor billing practices with the introduction and promotion of a new 0800 number – 0800 420 055.
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Nov
16

Southern Cross Pet Insurance partner with SPCA New Zealand

Monday, 16 November 2015 by Aimee Bourke

Southern Cross Pet Insurance has announced a key partnership with SPCA New Zealand.
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Nov
11

Parents anything but sun smart

Wednesday, 11 November 2015 by Aimee Bourke

The sun-smart message isn’t fully getting through to parents with over half (51%) admitting their children have been sunburnt, according to a survey by Southern Cross.
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Oct
28

A tooth fairy for adults

Wednesday, 28 October 2015 by Aimee Bourke

Southern Cross Health Trust and the New Zealand Dental Association (NZDA) are playing tooth fairy for low income adults around New Zealand through an initiative called Smile NZ.
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Oct
07

Southern Cross Travel Insurance releases unusual animal claims

Wednesday, 7 October 2015 by Aimee Bourke

Unfortunate encounters with animals were the cause of some of the more unusual claims paid by Southern Cross Travel Insurance (SCTI) in the past year.
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Sep
29

A high maintenance companion Southern Cross release top pet claims

Tuesday, 29 September 2015 by Aimee Bourke

Broken bones, unsavoury meals and dogged determination were the causes behind some of the more interesting claims paid by Southern Cross Pet Insurance in the year to 30 June.
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Sep
24

Shocking sleep stats

Thursday, 24 September 2015 by Aimee Bourke

With daylight saving starting this weekend, already sleep-deprived New Zealanders are going to struggle when they lose an hour.
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Sep
10

Southern Cross in good health

Thursday, 10 September 2015 by Aimee Bourke

The financial year to 30 June 2015, saw Southern Cross Health Society pay out $738 million - 73% of the country’s health insurance claims.
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Aug
31

Are NZ workplaces ready for the third age

Monday, 31 August 2015 by Aimee Bourke

Almost 80% of New Zealand business aren’t prepared for ageing or retiring workers and don’t plan on putting any steps in place, according to the latest Wellness in the Workplace survey.
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Aug
31

Kiwis continue to turn up sick to work

Monday, 31 August 2015 by Aimee Bourke

Despite a culture change where businesses encourage unwell workers to stay home, over a third of Kiwis’ continue to turn up sick to work. 
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Aug
31

Look at the logic

Monday, 31 August 2015 by Aimee Bourke

New research shows that if fringe benefit tax (FBT) on employer subsidised health insurance were removed over half of New Zealand businesses not currently providing it would look to do so.
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Aug
31

Stress on the rise in New Zealands big businesses

Monday, 31 August 2015 by Aimee Bourke

Stress levels in big businesses are on the rise, bucking a nationwide trend where 6/10 businesses have seen stress stay roughly the same.
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Aug
31

6.7 million working days lost to due to absence

Monday, 31 August 2015 by Aimee Bourke

New Zealand lost 6.7 million working days to absence in 2014 - up from 6.1 million in 2012 - according to the second Wellness in the Workplace Survey.
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Jul
30

Beware the latest tourist traps

Thursday, 30 July 2015 by Aimee Bourke

Fake friends, unexpected wake up calls and public Wi-Fi are just some of the ways you can be caught out by scammers overseas.
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Jul
30

Hung over kiwis still show up for work

Thursday, 30 July 2015 by Aimee Bourke

New Zealanders are more likely to show up for work hung over than take a day off to nurse their sore heads.
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Jun
30

Kiwi coffee lovers prefer an instant fix

Tuesday, 30 June 2015 by Aimee Bourke

Hold onto your flat white! Despite being a country renowned for our coffee culture a new survey shows the preferred drink is instant.
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Jun
12

Insuring your child's development

Friday, 12 June 2015 by Aimee Bourke

Claims information from New Zealand’s largest health insurer, Southern Cross Health Society, show the nation’s children are high users of health insurance, with procedures that affect sleep, speech and hearing among the most common procedures for children. ment
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May
26

Health insurance payouts top 800 million dollars

Tuesday, 26 May 2015 by Aimee Bourke

Figures released today show Southern Cross Health Society paid 2.3 million claims in the last calendar year with a combined value of $803.4 million.
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May
21

Southern Cross partner with TVNZ on Kiwi living

Thursday, 21 May 2015 by Aimee Bourke

Sunday’s Miriama Kamo and renowned chef Michael Van de Elzen will host TV ONE’s brand new series Kiwi Living, coming soon to Fridays.
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May
16

Kiwi behaviour overseas

Saturday, 16 May 2015 by Aimee Bourke

With Malaysian police last week arresting tourists who removed their clothes on a sacred Malaysian mountain – it’s timely to remind Kiwis of etiquette and behaviour when travelling overseas.
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May
07

Free dental care for adults

Thursday, 7 May 2015 by Aimee Bourke

Free dental care is being provided for up to 1500 low income adults through a new initiative - Smile New Zealand - funded and organised by Southern Cross Health Trust and the New Zealand Dental Association (NZDA).
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Apr
29

Royal children influence pet names

Wednesday, 29 April 2015 by Aimee Bourke

Since the birth of Prince George in 2013, the name has grown in popularity among pet owners and now ranks 11th for dogs and 7th for cats insured by Southern Cross Pet Insurance.
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Apr
16

Medical emergencies top highest travel claims

Thursday, 16 April 2015 by Aimee Bourke

New Zealand’s largest online travel insurer Southern Cross Travel Insurance (SCTI) has released its highest value claims for 2014.
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Apr
13

Safety pays when travelling overseas

Monday, 13 April 2015 by Aimee Bourke

Natural disasters such as the recent earthquake in Nepal and volcano eruption in Chile serve as a timely reminder to check your destination is safe and purchase insurance long before you travel, advises Southern Cross Travel Insurance (SCTI).
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Apr
09

Overcoming flu vaccination reluctance

Thursday, 9 April 2015 by Aimee Bourke

While research shows that 40% of New Zealand businesses offer free or subsidised flu vaccinations to employees this time of year, HR professionals say persuading staff to participate is the biggest challenge.
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Mar
30

Easter treats a no-no for pets

Monday, 30 March 2015 by Aimee Bourke

Easter is right around the corner but you need to hide the sweets and chocolate from your pets as well as your children.
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Mar
19

Medical woes no longer a pain in the wallet for travellers

Thursday, 19 March 2015 by Aimee Bourke

Southern Cross Travel Insurance is removing its $100 excess on TravelCare medical claims, and is now the only insurer in New Zealand to offer no medical excess as part of their standard policies.
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Mar
03

Minor aches and pains hit employers in the wallet

Tuesday, 3 March 2015 by Aimee Bourke

New research carried out for Southern Cross Health Society shows the overwhelming majority of New Zealanders suffering from joint, neck or lower back pain are not seeking treatment for it.
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Feb
09

Holiday flings not just for young travellers

Monday, 9 February 2015 by Aimee Bourke

We may not like to think of our parents, or grandparents for that matter, having a fling, but the statistics are in and they show that approximately one in ten Kiwi travellers aged 50 or over are finding romance while on holiday.
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Jan
14

Kiwis see sugar as public health enemy number one

Wednesday, 14 January 2015 by Aimee Bourke

New Zealanders appear to be getting the message that we can have too much of a good thing – sort of.
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Jan
06

Employers can help workforce stick to resolutions

Tuesday, 6 January 2015 by Aimee Bourke

New Year’s resolutions more often than not involve losing weight, eating better and exercising more - and these resolutions look likely to top the list again.
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Jan
06

Porky pets

Tuesday, 6 January 2015 by Aimee Bourke

A recent survey by Southern Cross Pet Insurance has found that 19% of Kiwis have put their pets on a diet. 
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