Story: Insurance

Insuring against natural disasters (1st of 2)

Insuring against natural disasters

Because New Zealand has many earthquakes, floods and other natural hazards, insuring against them has been challenging for individual insurance companies. The government-owned Earthquake and War Damage Commission filled this role after the Second World War. This 1970s leaflet encourages property owners to pay a special levy to cover damage from natural disasters.

Courtesy of Earthquake Commission

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: Eph-A-INSURANCE-1970-01-front

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How to cite this page:

Alan Henderson, 'Insurance - Disaster insurance', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/ephemera/24099/insuring-against-natural-disasters (accessed 15 December 2019)

Story by Alan Henderson, published 11 Mar 2010