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23 June 2020
Time to Talk – mental resilience with The Blues
Many Kiwis will be struggling with the impact COVID-19 has had on their family, employment, finances and overall mental wellbeing. It’s important Kiwi men know it’s ok to be vulnerable, and to seek help where it’s needed - so we spoke with The Blues players about getting through tough situations, what mental wellbeing means to them, and their advice for maintaining mental resilience in high-pressure environments.

Latest news releases

19 June 2020
Sharing the cost burden of our national health system
Our CEO, Rob Hennin penned this Opinion Editorial for BusinessDesk regarding the importance of sharing the cost burden of our national health system.

10 June 2020
nib extends its COVID-19 member support package
We're offering our COVID-19 member and community support package for an additional three months to make sure nib members continue to stay safe and healthy by maintaining their private health cover as New Zealand recovers from the pandemic.

03 June 2020
nib supports Lifeline Aotearoa to increase support as demand surges due to COVID-19
To support the growing mental health needs of Kiwis emerging from the Covid-19 pandemic, we've supported Lifeline Aotearoa to increase its service capacity thanks to a $150,000 grant.

25 May 2020
nib encourages use of NZ COVID Tracer app to protect member’s health
We’re committed to helping our members and the community stay safe and healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic, which is why we’re encouraging our members and employees to download the New Zealand Government’s new contact-tracing app, NZ COVID Tracer, to continue to protect their health.

25 May 2020
nib helps Clearhead to launch free telehealth tool to support Kiwis and doctors mental health during COVID-19
Clearhead, an innovative local digital mental health company, has expanded its online platform, with the help of nib and our charitable entity, nib foundation.

22 May 2020
Supporting your staff through thick and thin
Read the Winter 2020 issue of nib Go magazine.

12 May 2020
Work to Wellbeing: Part 1 - Work Your Body with James Parsons
In these uncertain times, it’s never been more important to take good care of our health and wellbeing – but doing so as New Zealand continues to work, play, exercise and relax from inside our bubbles (as much as possible), can sometimes be a challenge.

04 May 2020
Nathan Wallis: Top tips for looking after kids at Level 3
Published in The New Zealand Herald on 4 May, 2020. The transition to Level 3 may well have been music to the ears of many parents around New Zealand – light at the end of the tunnel. Yet, with many of the Level 4 restrictions remaining in place, the change will likely have little immediate impact (in practical terms) for many around the country. In fact, after five weeks in full lockdown, some may be wondering how they're going to make it through the home stretch. Here are some broad tips to consider, for some of the most common concerns Kiwi families are facing right now:

24 April 2020
nib joins forces with top footy talent to ignite wellbeing conversation
We've teamed up with The Blues (Super Rugby), Newcastle Knights (NRL) and Richmond Tigers (AFL) to launch a new Work to Wellbeing content series.

20 April 2020
COVID-19: Navigating the challenges of employee wellbeing
Here are some of the best ways you can help your employees to stay healthy during Level 3 and 4.

01 April 2020
nib offers members COVID-19 support package
We've announced a member support package in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

31 March 2020
The biggest workplace wellbeing challenges, as voted by HR managers – and how to tackle them
Sedentary work environments, financial stress, management attitudes, consistency across locations - there are a number of workplace wellbeing challenges which can be tough for HR managers and business owners to tackle.

20 February 2020
Coronavirus - Proactive Tips to Keep You and Your Family Safe
ARTICLE UPDATED: Monday 16 March 2020 nib Group Medical Advisor Dr Hamish Black provides background information on coronavirus, including how it’s transmitted, precautions and other resource links to keep you and your family safe.

02 December 2019
Take your workplace wellbeing to the next level
We’re excited to bring you the Summer 2019 / 2020 edition of nib Go magazine.

16 August 2019
nib launches innovative online application tool for advisers
We've developed a new online application tool, nibAPPLY, that will make it faster and easier for advisers to deliver health insurance solutions for their clients.

17 July 2019
We've partnered with ZOOM Pharmacy to support better health outcomes for Kiwis
We've launched a new partnership with ZOOM Pharmacy to offer our members an easy way to access their prescription medicines and in turn drive better health outcomes.

02 July 2019
Network reduces claims costs for members
We've announced an expansion of our First Choice network, which has delivered more than $1 million in claims savings in the first year of operation.

21 June 2019
nib enhances support of advisers to help more Kiwis keep healthy
We'll be launching an enhanced adviser distribution model to help more New Zealanders get the benefit of private health insurance protection from 1 July 2019.

20 June 2019
nib Parenting Survey highlights Asian communities show heightened levels of concerns as parents
Our findings indicate that parents within Asian* communities were more likely to experience higher levels of concern and pressure relating to technology, education, family and relationships, and health.

20 June 2019
nib Parenting Survey highlights sleep as parents’ biggest health concern for their children
Among the 1,200 respondents, issues around quality of sleep were most commonly cited as the biggest overall health concern for parents – with 31 percent of those surveyed reporting this as the issue they believe most impacts their children.

20 June 2019
nib Parenting Survey indicates Māori community have greater access to support from family
Survey findings highlight that Māori* parents are significantly more likely to have access to support from close or extended family when it comes to childcare. While 65 percent of all respondents said they had close family available to assist with childcare, this grew to 73 percent among parents who identified as Māori.

17 June 2019
nib Parenting Survey highlights parents’ biggest concerns in raising their children
We’re excited to release insights from our inaugural State of the Nation Parenting Survey, taking a comprehensive look into the concerns and trends facing parents in New Zealand today.

07 May 2019
Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei and nib celebrate one year of universal healthcare for hapū
Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei and nib are celebrating the first year of its pioneering Toi Ora programme, which sees enrolled hapū members receive free comprehensive healthcare through our partnership. In its first year, just under 3,000 of the roughly 5,000 hapū members have signed up for the service.

15 April 2019
nib creates adviser support team to help Kiwis access health cover
We will be increasing our presence in the adviser market, with the establishment of a dedicated nib adviser support team across the country.

22 March 2019
nib and The Blues launch New Zealand-first virtual reality training experience for rugby fans
We’re proud to have partnered with The Blues to launch We’re Sending You In – a virtual reality (VR) tour that gives fans the chance to experience training alongside some of their rugby heroes.

12 March 2019
nib-Fidelity Life relationship to change
nib and Fidelity Life and have mutually agreed not to continue their relationship in its current form when their existing agreement ends on 30 June 2019.

08 March 2019
nib joins forces with Uni-Care to protect travellers visiting New Zealand
nib is now providing international visitors to New Zealand with peace of mind during their travels thanks to a new partnership with leading New Zealand travel insurer, Uni-Care.

06 March 2019
nib offers members genetic testing to help treat ovarian cancer
Women with ovarian cancer can now access genetic testing services in the private health system to help determine their best course of treatment, following a first-ever partnership between nib New Zealand and the New Zealand Family Cancer Service.

31 August 2018
nib celebrates RMHC New Zealand partnership by creating the perfect Father’s Day out
As part of the official launch of our partnership with RMHC New Zealand, we created a magical Father’s Day experience for one deserving family.

24 July 2018
Whitecoat to help Kiwis make better healthcare choices
We've supported the launch of a New Zealand first online search and comparison website to help Kiwi consumers make more informed choices about their healthcare provider.

29 June 2018
nib partners with RMHC New Zealand to support families in need
We’re delighted to have launched a new partnership with Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®) New Zealand that will help make a difference to the lives of thousands of families.

21 April 2018
Complementary travel insurance added to enhanced adviser health covers
We’ve unveiled significant enhancements to our adviser health cover product range including the addition of complementary travel insurance for all new Ultimate Health customers.

05 March 2018
Movies in Parks is back for summer 2018 – and we've got the popcorn ready!
Kicking off from Friday 2nd February, you'll find us at screenings of some of your family favourites all over Auckland

05 March 2018
nib creates unique Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei health and wellbeing programme
We’ve partnered with Auckland iwi Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei to provide free universal private health insurance for all members of the hapū to help improve their health and wellbeing outcomes.

04 February 2018
Gong Xi Fa Cai! Celebrate Chinese New Year with nib health insurance.
We're excited to welcome you in the Year of the Dog as part of ASB Showground's, Auckland at Chinese New Year festival on Saturday 3rd February.

01 February 2018
nib employee Shaves for a Cure with our support
In 2017, nib employees were given the opportunity to nominate a choice of charity closest to their hearts to receive a $5,000 grant as part of our annual Good Cause Grants program.

01 February 2018
nib check-up truck taking free healthcare to communities
Throughout the month of January, we'll be partnering with the Well Foundation to offer free health and dental checks for families all over Auckland.

13 December 2017
nib to grow market share under new whitelabel health deal
We've further strengthened our whitelabelling capabilities joining forces with Fairfax Media New Zealand to launch a new health insurance brand in the New Zealand market - Done.

12 December 2017
nib earns first CQ Tick for cultural intelligence and capability
We've become one of the first corporate organisations in New Zealand to be awarded the "CQ Tick", reflecting our commitment to exploring and responding to gender and cultural diversity both within the workplace and our customer base.

06 December 2017
Christmas comes early for children visiting the Blues
We've helped a group of 15 children from KidsCan partner school, St Joseph's Catholic Primary School in Grey Lynn, join some of their Blues heroes at an afternoon training session today.

09 October 2017
We've partnered with OrbitProtect to take health cover international.
International visitors to New Zealand will soon be able to access health insurance through nib thanks to our new partnership with fellow Kiwi insurance innovator, OrbitProtect.

08 September 2017
Introducing Frankie, New Zealand's first virtual consultant for health insurance
We've become the first health insurer to launch innovative artificial intelligence technology to assist Kiwis with their customer enquiries

01 September 2017
Nationwide support for network addressing health cost variation
Private health insurance consumers are set to be the big winners with private hospitals, specialists and healthcare providers across New Zealand joining our new First Choice network in a bid to reduce huge health care bills.

08 August 2017
We have responded to the changing face of NZ with next generation health cover
We have launched a new range of healthcare products designed to meet the changing demographics of an increasingly diverse New Zealand.

06 July 2017
New network to tackle huge surgery cost differences across New Zealand
We've launched one of the nation's largest networks of medical professionals, called First Choice, to make health insurance more affordable by better managing medical claims.

26 June 2017
Blues Player Challenge Episode 6: Haircut
Welcome back to the Blues Player Challenge! This week our boys put their grooming skills to the test!

29 May 2017
Blues Player Challenge Episode 5: Cooking
Welcome back to the Blues Player Challenge! This week our boys put their cooking skills to the test!

24 April 2017
Blues Player Challenge Episode 4: Coastguard
This challenge see's our players head to the coast to test their water skills and save as many lives as possible. Check it out here and stay tuned for more coming soon.

12 April 2017
Blues Player Challenge Episode 3: Smoothie
In this instalment our boys put their smoothie-making skills to the test! They'll then take to the streets to have it judged by the public!

24 February 2017
Blues Player Challenge Episode 2: Stairs
Welcome back to the Blues Player Challenge! This week our boys need to convince every day Auckland office workers to take the stairs rather than lift.

20 February 2017
Blues Player Challenge Episode 1: Quiz Time
nib welcomes you to the 2017 nib Blues Player Challenge.

31 January 2017
nib employee grant programme helps save a life
Our employees have helped the Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust to save another life as the result of the Trust winning of the health fund's Good Cause Grants initiative in New Zealand.

01 November 2016
New Director appointed to nib Board
We have welcomed barrister, Hanne Janes, as a Director of the nib Board.

03 October 2016
nib and AA become partners in health
We've partnered with the New Zealand Automobile Association to offer Kiwis private health insurance called AA Health.

01 July 2016
Tony Ryall appointed Chairman of nib New Zealand
We're pleased to announce the appointment of former New Zealand Minister of Health, Tony Ryall, as Chairman of our Board.

28 June 2016
Meet Blues strength and conditioning coach Jason Price
nib has teamed up with the Blues and we sat down with the Blues strength and conditioning coach Jason Price.

28 June 2016
Meet Blues physio Mark Plummer
nib has teamed up with the Blues and we sat down with the Blues physio Mark Plummer.

28 June 2016
Meet Blues nutritionist Dave Shaw
nib has teamed up with the Blues and we sat down with the Blues nutritionist Dave Shaw.

06 November 2015
Our new health and travel agreement with The Warehouse Group
nib is joining forces with one of New Zealand's largest retailers to offer private health and travel insurance products under the Warehouse Money brand.

08 April 2015
nib reaffirms commitment to The Blues
We've upgraded our sponsorship of Super Rugby Club, The Blues, so you'll start seeing our logo on the players' jerseys from the start of the 2016 season

19 March 2015
Kiwis taking steps to improve dental health
Kiwis are taking more responsibility for their dental health, as shown by a doubling in the number of preventative dental-related claims paid by nib.

13 February 2015
Former Minister of Health joins the nib Board
We're thrilled to announce that former New Zealand Minister of Health, the Hon. Tony Ryall, has joined nib as a Director of the nib New Zealand Board

Health insurance 101

17 June 2020
Work to Wellbeing: Part 3 - Body and Movement with Matt Duffie
In these uncertain times, it’s never been more important to take good care of our health and wellbeing – but doing so as New Zealand continues to work, play, exercise and relax while still practicing social distancing (as much as possible), can sometimes be a challenge. That’s why we’ve teamed up with our friends at The Blues to create Work to Wellbeing. Over this four-part series we’ll cover fitness, stretching, nutrition and wellbeing – bringing to life tips and tricks from some of our favourite players (and their team of experts), for a holistic routine to help us take care of our minds and bodies under this new normal.

09 June 2020
COVID-19 (coronavirus) and your cover
These FAQs provide information about nib’s health insurance policies in relation to COVID-19 and were last updated on 9 June 2020. They may be updated from time to time. Given that the financial and health impacts of COVID-19 will continue to be felt for some time, nib New Zealand is extending its COVID-19 member and community support package until 30 September 2020. Our priority is making sure our members continue to stay safe and healthy by maintaining their private health insurance as New Zealand recovers from the pandemic. To assist you, we’ve put together some frequently asked questions.

08 June 2020
Nathan Wallis: Top tips for supporting kids’ resilience post-lockdown
Many Kiwis have already felt the effects of lockdown in a number of ways – but when it comes to our mental health and wellbeing, it’s widely predicted that the full impact still remains to be seen. Our tamariki (children) are no exception. Here we’ve outlined a number of top tips from our resident parenting expert, Nathan Wallis, on how parents and teachers can best support children to help mitigate the potential negative impact of COVID-19 on their wellbeing and resilience.

25 May 2020
Work to Wellbeing: Part 2 - Wellbeing and Resilience with Daniel Ford, The Blues Mental Skills Coach
In these uncertain times, it’s never been more important to take good care of our health and wellbeing – but doing so as New Zealand continues to work, play, exercise and relax from inside our bubbles (as much as possible), can sometimes be a challenge.

04 May 2020
Keeping the Temuka team trucking
With an aging workforce, Managing Director Garry Aitken wanted to find a meaningful way to support the health and wellbeing of his 220-strong team.

19 July 2018
We’re backing the Blues for another three years
We’ve demonstrated our ongoing commitment to the Blues, announcing a three-year partnership extension with the Super Rugby Club at their annual awards event.

01 May 2018
Can taking a holiday increase life expectancy?
When was the last time you took a proper holiday? Do you use all your annual leave entitlement to rest and recharge? If you don’t you’re not alone. According to a global study “New Zealand workers are among the most holiday-deprived in the world”.

20 November 2017
Jessica's story
Hear how Jessica has enjoyed the peace of mind of having her health insurance with nib.

27 April 2017
Jacinda's story
Hear Jacinda's brave story of cancer survival.

27 April 2017
Karen's story
Hear how Karen's innovative breast cancer treatment helped her recover.

28 September 2016
Choosing the right cover for you in 3 simple steps
Choosing private health insurance means no long waits in the public health system and financial support for dentist fees or private hospital costs when you need it. We help explain how to buy the right type of nib health cover for you and your family, in 3 simple steps.

28 September 2016
What is a waiting period?
When choosing or using your nib health cover, you need to understand your policy and how it works. So here we help explain what a 'waiting period' is and what it means for claiming on your nib health cover.

28 September 2016
What is a pre-existing condition?
Want to know what a pre-existing condition is and how it affects your nib health cover? Here we help make understanding how your cover works, easier, by explaining what it means.

28 September 2016
What is a benefit limit?
What is a benefit limit and what does it mean when claiming on your nib health cover? It's good to know what limits apply to your cover and how it affects other people covered on your policy. Here we help make understanding how your cover works, easier, by explaining what it means.

28 September 2016
Why do I need private health insurance?
If you require treatment for a health issue, you typically have two choices: to access care through the public or private health system.

28 September 2016
Why join nib health insurance?
At nib, we believe health insurance should be simple to understand, easy to claim on, and most of all, great value.