How to navigate your teen’s mental health
06 Nov 2023
Grumpy. Moody. Emotional. How often would you use these terms to describe your teenager? It’s understandable - raising a teen is no easy feat!
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The Eye-Watering Costs Of Non-PHARMAC Drugs
21 Feb 2022
Imagine being in need of a life-saving or life-extending drug that could set you back hundreds of thousands of dollars a year because it wasn’t government funded. The reality is that many Kiwis face challenges like this every year.
Supporting Your Children Through Grief
18 Feb 2022
Dealing with any kind of loss or grief is never easy – especially for a child or teen when emotions can run particularly high. And as a parent, supporting your child through these difficult times can prove to be one of the biggest challenges.
Non-PHARMAC 101: What you need to know
28 Jan 2022
No one should have to choose between possible financial hardship and potentially life-saving medical treatment, but that’s the decision currently facing thousands of Kiwis who need access to medications that are not funded by PHARMAC.
Non-Pharmac 101: What You Need To Know
18 Oct 2021
Prioritising the health and wellbeing of your employees means giving them peace of mind that they’ll be covered even when the worst happens. To help you get your head around the PHARMAC system, and how you can make sure your team is covered, check out our Q&A here.
6 Things You May Not Know About Health Cover
11 Aug 2021
Private health insurance is known to take care of major medical expenses and help cut down on wait times for treatments and consultations, but with nib’s health select insurance policies*, you could be covered for so much more. To help you get up to speed, we’ve highlighted six lesser-known benefits* that make health insurance worth every cent when you come on board with us!
Your COVID-19 vaccine questions answered
16 Apr 2021
We need vaccines to help bring the COVID-19 pandemic under control and get us back to a new normal, but you might have some questions about it. With vaccinations already being rolled out in New Zealand, we aim to answer your most common questions about the COVID-19 vaccine.
nib Health Insurance Claim
30 May 2019
Whether you have health insurance for everyday things that help you stay healthy, like seeing the dentist or physio, or have more comprehensive hospital cover for ‘just in case’, it’s good to know that with nib, your health cover is there when you need it. So if you do need to use your cover, we’re glad we can support your better health – and we want to make it easy for you to claim (it’s how it should be).
Nathan Wallis - Setting boundaries with your kids and teens
06 Nov 2023
Our resident parenting expert and neuroscience educator, Nathan Wallis, explains how parents can work with their children and teens to set boundaries.
Health and wellbeing
Nathan Wallis - How to help kids manage anxiety and depression
10 Oct 2023
As a parent it can be daunting to help your child navigate the big emotions that come with mental health issues like anxiety and depression. Our resident parenting expert and neuroscience educator, Nathan Wallis, explains how to identify the warning signs of anxiety and depression in your children, and how to best support them while looking after yourself too.
Nathan Wallis - Navigating mental health during the cost of living crisis: a guide for parents
04 Oct 2023
Our recent State of the Nation Parenting Survey found that a whopping 93% of households are facing financial stressors, and that for nearly half of all parents surveyed, the primary main cause of household stress is financial uncertainty. Nathan Wallis, nib parenting expert share's his tips on navigating mental health during the cost of living crisis.
Feeling stressed? How to calm your nervous system, with Jimi Hunt and Nigel Beach
21 Sep 2023
Today, more and more people are living in a stressed state while trying to meet the demands of modern life. But did you know that there are ways you can calm your nervous system and avoid unnecessary stress, burnout, and even long-term health issues?
How the nib Blues optimise their sleep, recovery and stress management – with Helen Cross
20 Mar 2023
Helen Cross, aka ‘The Health Engineer’ talks about her top tips for sleep, recovery and stress management with the nib Blues.
Ever been sick on holiday? Here’s why (and tips to avoid it)
15 Dec 2022
Whilst there isn’t any hard evidence to prove we’re more likely to get sick on holiday, chances are it has happened to you, or at the very least to one of your friends or family members.
Less than 5 minutes to improve your mental wellbeing. Here’s how…
27 Jul 2022
Are you struggling to cope with changing life circumstances? nib mental health nurse, Jo Baja, shares top tips for helping you feel more Zen in as little as five minutes!
How To Boost Your Immune System
15 Jun 2022
Prioritising healthy habits and ways of living can boost our immunity and overall wellbeing. Here are our top six tips for healthy living and immunity boosting in the winter months.
Osteopath Vs Chiropractor Vs Physio
22 Apr 2021
If you’ve been dealing with some aches and pains - whether that’s a sore back caused by working from home or a pulled hamstring after exercising - it may be time for you to see a health professional to get it sorted. But when you’ve got different recommendations thrown your way, how do you know which option is best to help manage your condition?
The Costs Of Maintaining Your Eyes
04 Mar 2021
If you’ve ever wondered how much eye treatments cost in New Zealand - we’ve got you! Check out this article where we break down the costs, plus a guide on when you and your family should have your eyes checked.
This is what it takes to age healthily through every stage of life
20 Feb 2019
While ageing is inevitable, it doesn’t need to be a negative thing. By adopting healthy habits, being aware of the changes that occur in our bodies and acting upon them, most of us have the power to age healthily.
Do I Need Glasses
12 Apr 2018
Glasses are a popular fashion accessory these days, but most people wear them to see clearly rather than look trendy. Ignoring the warning signs that you may need glasses isn’t a good idea. You could end up causing damage to your eyes or injuring yourself and others because you can’t see properly.
How to deal with cyberbullying – whether your child is a victim or perpetrator
24 Nov 2023
With bullying increasingly happening behind a screen , it can be even more difficult to keep track of. In fact, our nib 2021 State of the Nation Parenting Survey uncovered that 68% of Kiwi parents were concerned about their child being a victim of online bullying, and 50% were concerned about their child being a perpetrator.
Parenting tips and resources
Personalised support through an overwhelming aneurysm diagnosis – Katrina’s story
24 Aug 2023
When nib member, Katrina was diagnosed with a brain aneurysm, she wasn’t sure where to turn. Our Wellness Coaches offered her personalised care and support to guide her through her health journey.
Getting Kids Active - Resources for parents to help get kids moving
05 May 2023
A study from nib New Zealand and NeilsonIQ, found that 37% of parents say it’s hard to motivate their kids to be active. Parents might be wondering what resources are available to give them ideas for activities.
Getting Kids Active - No money, no time? Focus on free activities and getting kids involved in active chores
24 Apr 2023
We all know that people are stretched for time these days, especially parents juggling the demands of working plus full-time parenting.
Getting Kids Active - Set a good example - get stuck in, outside!
12 Apr 2023
54% of kids are doing less than the recommended one hour a day of activity. So, how can parents support their kids to be more active?
Should parents limit screen time for kids? Managing device use with Nathan Wallis
31 Mar 2023
Spending time away from devices and doing other mentally or physically enriching activities is super important for children’s development and wellbeing.
Nathan Wallis - Navigating the complexities of the teenage brain | nib
17 Feb 2023
Our resident parenting expert Nathan Wallis shares practical advise to parents on the complexities of the teenage brain.
Nathan Wallis - How to teach children self-calming and mindfulness strategies
16 Jan 2023
The 2022 nib State of the Nation Parenting Survey revealed that over half (54%) of Kiwi parents are concerned about their children’s mental health, while a quarter (26%) say their children struggle with regulating their emotions. Just as adults find it tricky navigating their emotions, our tamariki need some extra guidance too.
Do children need to wear sunglasses?
16 Dec 2022
Slathering your child with sunscreen and popping on a hat is standard practice for many parents. But, do your children wear sunglasses and have you ever wondered if they need to?
Nathan Wallis – Maintaining your identity as a parent
16 Nov 2022
Parenting expert, Nathan Wallis reveals the best ways to maintain your independence and identity while navigating parenthood.
Nathan Wallis - How to recognise and manage your child’s health concerns
17 Dec 2021
Raising healthy children is a top priority for any parent. But when it comes to figuring out if your child has any health or developmental issues, it can be stressful if you’re not sure what signs to look out for.
Should You Limit Your Kids Screen Time
15 Jan 2021
Technology, social media and digital devices are now part of our everyday lives – and during a year which saw us spending more time indoors and juggling working from home with parenting, you may have found yourself leaning on them more than usual to keep your kids occupied. For anyone who has struggled with the impact these technologies have on their children, it may be welcome news to know you’re not alone.
Bedtime 101 – Top tips to help kids get a good night’s sleep
03 Dec 2020
If you’ve ever felt concern over your children’s sleeping patterns or habits, you’re not alone. Our second annual State of the Nation Parenting Survey found sleep to be one of the top three health concerns Kiwi parents have for their children, with 31% of respondents having experienced worry over issues such as kids getting too much or too little sleep, or having disrupted sleeping patterns.
Maximising Quality Time With Your Child
27 Nov 2020
Struggling to spend quality time with kids? Parenting expert Nathan Wallis shares tips on how working parents can fit in more one on one time with kids.
Why The First 1000 Days Important For Your Child's Development
27 Nov 2020
The first 1,000 days of existence (from conception to a child’s second birthday) have a large impact on a child’s development. In the early days, a baby’s genes interact with the environment to determine what kind of brain is needed for the rest of their life. To maximise the first 1,000 days of your child’s life and give them the best foundations for their future, here are my top parenting tips:
Tips to support children through exam-time stress
16 Nov 2020
Assignments, exams and assessments are all part and parcel of school life, but for many children they can be a massive cause of stress and anxiety. And for those coming up to formal exams this month, in the wake of a highly unusual and disrupted 2020 school year, this stress may be even more acute.
How to effectively manage behavioural issues in your children
16 Nov 2020
78% of parents surveyed indicate their children experienced at least one change in behaviour or health that lasted two weeks or longer in 2020. The COVID-19 lockdowns will have seen many routines and rituals be interrupted this year. Routines offer predictability, which is vitally important to children’s mental health and wellbeing – so when routines are disturbed, it can have a real impact on their behaviour.
Learning Through Play
06 Oct 2020
Nathan Wallis, nib parenting expert, explains how a child’s attitude to learning underpins their future outcomes and how this can be developed through play based learning.
Nathan Wallis Q&A
14 Aug 2020
As Kiwi families face life in lockdown again, some parents and caregivers may be experiencing new (or familiar!) challenges with their tamariki (children). Our parenting expert Nathan Wallis shares his advice on how to tackle the most common issues.
Parent Resource: Making the most of quality time with your kids
08 Jul 2019
Parenting can often be a 24/7 job. So, when you have a multitude of other things to juggle (whether that's work, friends, health and fitness, or “me time”) on top of spending time with the kids, how does that impact our perceptions of how well we’re parenting?
First Time Parent Tips | nib
25 Jun 2019
When it comes to being a first-time parent, the age-old adage ‘expect the unexpected’ probably sums it up best. While we’re all different and everyone eventually develops their own style of parenting, there’s one thing all parents have in common – when the baby first arrives, it’s all new for both of you.
The tweens and teens survival guide
13 Mar 2019
Ticking off developmental milestones is exciting for every parent. But as the dreaded teenage years start to approach, it’s natural to start feeling a little trepidation.
Baby, Child And Toddler Milestones: A Timeline
07 Nov 2018
Watching children develop has got to be one of the wonders of parenthood. From the first smile, to those initial steps and starting school, let’s explore some key milestones typical of life’s first decade.
Five simple tips for happy, healthy kids
17 Oct 2018
Our children come into this life full of hope and infinite promise, but without proper structures in place that help create positive habits for their future, much of that potential can go unfulfilled.
Tweens, teens and teenagers – the milestones you can expect
17 Oct 2018
Ticking off developmental milestones is an exciting time for any parent. As kids transition from young tweens into teenagers ready for adulthood, there are lots of changes (and perhaps a few challenges) you can expect. Bear in mind, there is no definitive growing-up guideline, and this is just a general outline of a child’s development. For individual advice, consult your local GP.
The holiday checklist - active holidays with the kids
17 Oct 2018
Planning a family holiday is both exciting and, let’s be honest, difficult. You may want to explore the art museums and historical sites of Europe, while your kids have their hearts set on heading to the Gold Coast and spending every day at a different theme park. That’s why nib has created some suggestions for active family holidays that everyone will love. With incredible experiences close to home as well as once-in-a-lifetime holidays abroad, there’s an option for every family.
Breast cancer — what to watch for and how to get checked
30 Oct 2023
Breast cancer is something everyone should check for, regardless of age or gender. It’s the most common cancer for Kiwi women, affecting one in nine over their lifetime.
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Support for nib Members
20 Feb 2023
The recent weather events are causing disruption throughout the motu. If you're currently experiencing financial difficulty, treatment delays or are worried about missing a specialist appointment we're here to support you.
Tech hacks to make life a little easier
23 Oct 2019
Looking for ways to make everyday life a little less tricky and your daily routines simpler? These popular mobile apps could be just what you need.
Simple hacks to save a healthy $111 this week and every week
17 Oct 2018
Get our clever cost-cutting fact sheet to help you unlock the healthy savings on your weekly food spend. With some crafty cutbacks we know you can save you and your family over $5,500 per year and feel all the better for it. Just think what you could do with that little windfall.
Seven New Zealand bucket list experiences
25 Sep 2018
It’s the age old dilemma; you want to live life large, but you simply don’t have the budget for a first-class flight to Europe. At nib, we believe that travel is good for the soul, so we’ve put together a Kiwi’s ultimate bucket list.
Nathan Wallis - What to know as an expectant parent
28 Jul 2022
New and expectant parents often have questions and concerns in the lead up to meeting their little one(s). For some practical advice, we’ve enlisted the help of our resident parenting expert, Nathan Wallis, to share the ABCs of new parenthood.
The benefits of workplace health insurance
13 Apr 2022
Championing workforce wellbeing isn’t just the right thing to do, it can also be a good formula for business success. Read some of the ways that health insurance could positively affect your business, as well as the overall health and wellbeing of your employees!
How to stay healthy, even at work
03 Sep 2018
Did you know that New Zealand has the third highest obesity rate in the OECD? If we want to reduce this rate, we need to be taking proactive steps to look after our health. Eating the right foods, getting enough exercise and taking care of our mental wellbeing should be a central part of our daily routines.
Dental Costs NZ
04 Feb 2021
In New Zealand, basic dental care is available free-of-charge for eligible children up to the age of 18. This helps set the stage for positive habits into adulthood, encouraging people to take a proactive approach to oral health by driving home the importance of looking after your teeth. Unfortunately, the cost of dental treatment for adults in New Zealand can be prohibitive for a lot of people, and many Kiwis opt to put up with bad (and painful) teeth rather than pay to visit a dentist.
Future of healthcare
5 reasons Kiwis use an online direct delivery pharmacy service
23 Oct 2019
Jill’s is not the only story that will inspire you to make the switch to an online direct delivery pharmacy service.
Benefits Of Traditional Chinese Medicine And Acupuncture
15 May 2019
As patients look beyond the walls of traditional western medicine to help with ailments and prevent diseases, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is becoming a popular option with many.
FAQ - Health Insurance Pre Existing Conditions | nib
15 May 2019
Many people believe that having a pre-existing medical condition will mean you either can’t get health insurance or that you’ll pay huge premiums. But the good news is, this isn’t the case.
Robotic Surgery In New Zealand
18 Dec 2018
Robot-assisted surgery has already opened up a realm of possibilities in New Zealand. We look into the rise of automation in the operating theatre and ask the question - will these mechanical surgeons ever be able to work as well as a human surgeon?
First Aid of the future
18 Dec 2018
As the revolutionary technology in our healthcare system continues to improve efficiency and accuracy for patients, it’s only fitting that the home first aid kit tucked away in the cupboard above the fridge has a modern makeover too. Let’s take a peek inside the first aid kit of the future.
Need A Doctor's Note? Do It Online | nib
10 Dec 2018
Whether you live down the street from a doctor or you’re miles away, without having to leave home, you can now attend an appointment via videoconferencing thanks to telehealth. Telehealth is a way you can get advice, discuss health concerns and even receive a prescription or sick note from a health professional without the burden of regular travel - which can be difficult, especially for those living in rural areas.
What to know and do about some common illnesses
18 Jul 2018
For any health-related concern, just ask Dr Google, right? But with the wealth of information available on the internet, finding what is relevant and (most importantly) factually correct can be difficult. From chicken pox to haemorrhoids, we’ve summarised everything you need to know about conditions commonly searched for online by New Zealanders. Read on for what to look out for and what you should do if you think you are coming down with something.
You may not think you need private health insurance. Until you do
04 Jul 2018
If you’re thinking about private health insurance, but aren’t sure whether you really need it right now, here are five things you might want to consider.
Covid Support For nib Members
03 Nov 2021
In these uncertain times, our priority is making sure our members continue to stay safe and healthy by being here to support you. To assist you, we’ve put together some frequently asked questions.
Download nib Go! Magazine Issue 4 | Summer 2020-2021
04 Dec 2020
In this latest edition of nib Go! Magazine, we explore the many ways organisations have adapted to support their new-look flexible workforce – delving into the WFH debate, providing tips to promote shift worker wellbeing, and looking at the changing face of workforce management.
A visit to the dentist costs what?!
18 Dec 2018
Leave the dentist’s chair and the pain you feel can double by the time you hit reception. That filling costs how much?! Many have to grit their teeth at the sight of whopping dentist bills, but thanks to nib, preserving your pearly whites doesn’t have to break the bank.
Doctors vs A&E vs Hospitals
07 Nov 2018
New to New Zealand and a little befuddled by the medical system? Or not sure who to call or where to go when feeling unwell? Here's what you need to know.
What’s the difference between your generic and branded medicines?
07 Nov 2018
It’s the question we’ve all been asked at one time or another when picking up medicine at the local pharmacist. While many of us pick the cheaper generic option, you’ve probably wondered whether there really is a difference between the branded and generic versions.
Getting the family fit and healthy together
24 Aug 2018
A recent nationwide health study found that around one in eight children (12%) aged two-14 years are obese, and a further 21% are overweight. And young Kiwi kids aren’t the only concern – the same study found a shocking 32% of Kiwis over the age of 15 are obese, and a further 34% are overweight.
How Much Is Dental Insurance In NZ?
24 Jul 2018
In New Zealand basic dental care is free and available up until the age of 18 for eligible children. This can set the stage for adults to have a healthy relationship with their dentist and drives home the importance of looking after your teeth.
Six ways to #adult better
04 Jul 2018
There are heaps of moments that make life incredible - like heading off overseas to fill your Instagram with travel pics, getting your mates together for a road trip, or discovering that amazing new dumpling place or coffee spot before anybody else. But to make time for the fun to happen, you need to sort out your life-admin – which is why we’ve put together six #adulting tips to help:
The insider’s guide to saving $$$ on your health cover
04 Jul 2018
Getting the private health insurance cover you and your family need isn’t a ‘one-size-fits-all’ kind of thing. By fine-tuning your cover to suit your circumstances, you can make private health insurance as effective and affordable as possible. First though, it pays to ask yourself a few key questions. Like: