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Changing South: Insurance in NZ is changing

As part of a series about life in the South Island, this video shows the rapid changes to insurance post-quake

What if your home insurance premium jumped from $2000 to $17,000?

Melissa Heath thinks her message to New Zealander homeowners is a scary one. She suggests we might all need a cup of tea and a stodgy muffin after hearing it.

The former insurance manager, who specialised in post-quake disaster recovery, says insurance in New Zealand is changing rapidly and too many homeowners aren’t aware.

She wants us all to be better prepared for the next disaster, whenever and wherever that may be.

This summer, Newsroom is featuring the work of renowned Christchurch documentary-maker Gerard Smyth.

In this series, called ‘Changing South’, Smyth looks at life in the South Island – the people, the places and how events like the Christchurch earthquake have had a lasting impact. 

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