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Partners pulls ads after mosque tragedy

19 March 2019 - Partners Life has pulled an advertising campaign that was intended to get New Zealanders thinking about death.

Life companies offer support to Christchurch

18 March 2019 - Life insurance companies have reached out to advisers and offered dedicated support after the terrorist attack in Christchurch. Here's some of their messages.

Insurers receive individual conduct reports

12 March 2019 - One insurance boss says her company refers two or three advisers a year to the Financial Markets Authority due to concerns about their advice practices – but so far that’s yielded little result.

Partners tool to automate advice process

28 February 2019 - Partners Life is launching an online tool, which it says is a world first, that will automate the advice process for life advisers.

Regulators 'may misunderstand' legacy products

14 February 2019 - Regulatory scrutiny of legacy insurance products may highlight a lack of understanding about how the industry works, one insurer says.

Partners Life beats its own targets

12 December 2018 - Partners Life says its sales volumes have exceeded its own forecasts and it now holds the number one position for new business written.

Old approach won't always stack up

12 December 2018 - Cases such as Brian Ferguson's public warning highlight that old ways of thinking may not work in the new advice regime, Partners Life's general manager of product, Steve Wright, says.

Partners Life offers advisers support

4 December 2018 - A new support programme from Partners life is designed to help advisers through the new licensing regime.

Partners rings changes

30 November 2018 - A range of changes to Partners Life policies reflects an increasing focus on "living benefits" in insurance.

Partners bumps up medical pricing

27 November 2018 - Partners Life is boosting its medical premiums from the end of this year.

Insurers grapple with increasing genetic testing

12 November 2018 - A New Zealand insurer says there's merit in considering limiting the ability for insurance companies to take the results of genetic tests into account in underwriting up to certain sum assured thresholds.

Off-shore conferences off the cards

30 October 2018 - The Financial Markets Authority seems to have got its wish - overseas trips will soon be few and far between for insurance advisers.

Advisers welcome Partners' move to cancel trips

25 October 2018 - Feedback has been positive to Partners Life's move to step back from high-profile international conference. Now AIA and Sovereign question the future.

Partners puts stop to offshore conferences

19 October 2018 - Partners Life is to axe overseas adviser conferences – saying consumers need to trust advisers and the insurers they deal with.

Partners Life appoints Chief Legal, Risk and Conduct Officer

27 September 2018 - Highly-regarded lawyer joins Partners Life to take on conduct role.

Short-term targets, long-term promises create poor conduct: Ballantyne

7 September 2018 - Partners Life managing director Naomi Ballantyne says the insurance industry needs to focus on what it does for its longest-held customer and its lowest-paid employee.

Ballantyne opens up on her career

17 August 2018 - Partners Life managing director Naomi Ballantyne has opened up on her time in the life insurance industry in a new podcast.

Partners Life records strong profit

31 July 2018 - Partners Life has reported a record underlying insurance profit, increasing 76% to $22 million for the year to March 31.

Advisers vindicated in latest report

19 July 2018 - Advisers have been vindicated by a report that unearthed serious problems with many of the country’s biggest qualifying financial entities (QFEs), one product provider says.

Commission model swaps one problem for another: Ballantyne

18 July 2018 - A new commission structure proposed for the industry is unlikely to solve any of the perceived problems with the existing one, an insurer says.

Partners Life unfazed by Mosaic loss

11 June 2018 - Partners Life managing director Naomi Ballantyne says the collapse of an insurance tech start-up is a shame but not a major blow to her company.

Medical records no silver bullet for disclosure

8 June 2018 - Giving insurers access to medical records with every client application would reduce issues of non-disclosure, but increase the cost and time associated with new policies, Partners Life managing director Naomi Ballantyne says.

Ballantyne: Partners keen for any purchase opportunity

17 May 2018 - Partners Life is interested in pursuing any acquisition opportunities in the market, including but not limited to ANZ's OnePath, its managing director Naomi Ballantyne said.

Partners records best year ever

16 April 2018 - Partners Life has had its "best year so far," General Manager of professional development, Steve Wright, said at a recent roadshow. He says the firm is...

Churn battle: Ballantyne v Everitt

28 March 2018 - A war of words has broken out between Naomi Ballantyne and the Financial Markets Authority CEO Rob Everett over the issue of insurance replacement business.

Partners Life sponsors exhibition

19 February 2018 - Partners Life is sponsoring the travelling exhibition Body Worlds Vital when it arrives in Auckland in April. The exhibition offers an eye-opening look...

Insurers collaborate on fintech

11 January 2018 - An insurance working group has been set up to act as a conduit for fintech development in the sector.

Partner Life appoints GM of brand and marketing

22 December 2017 - A familiar name takes a leading role at Partners Life.

Partners makes high-profile board appointment

19 December 2017 - Former markets boss takes a role with insurer.

FSC suffers financial blow but integration on cards

7 December 2017 - Insurers giving up their memberships have hit the Financial Services Council in the pocket.

Innovation 'not just digital'

29 November 2017 - New Zealand insurers need to be willing to completely innovate and overhaul their businesses – not just digitise existing systems and processes, says Partners Life managing director Naomi Ballantyne.

New board at FSC

17 November 2017 - The Financial Services Council has elected a new board at its recent annual meeting. Chief executive Richard Klipin said the FSC is in good shape financially...

Partners Life appoints additional independent director

8 November 2017 - Partners Life adds a director to its board who has a technology and innovation background.

Partners Life hires sales boss

20 October 2017 - Partners Life has appointed a new chief sales officer.

Online offer 'more than quote and compare'

14 September 2017 - A new insurance advice firm is promising consumers a more in-depth online service.

OnePath sale may be getting close

23 August 2017 - ANZ appears to have sped up the potential sale process for its life insurance business OnePath.

GRTV Ep3: Code working group; the value of opening up to your clients; and risk advice upheaval

12 August 2017 - In this latest episode of GRTV, Good Returns publisher Philip Macalister sat down with the chairman of the Code Working Group, Angus Dale-Jones, Dr. Philip M. Randall, managing partner of The Thorndyke Group and Partners Life chief executive Naomi Ballantyne.

Get basics right: Ballantyne

9 August 2017 - Naomi Ballantyne, Managing Director of Partners Life, talks about adviser businesses and getting them ready for the future, plus an update on their upcoming roadshow.

Get basics right: Ballantyne (+ VIDEO)

9 August 2017 - Something as simple as producing a set of accounts to prove they have a financially viable business could be a significant challenge for some risk advisers, Partners Life chief executive Naomi Ballantyne says.

Partners Life profit flat on back of continued growth

1 August 2017 - Partners Life has reported a flat profit for the year to March 31, even though premium revenue has continued to grow.

Kiwi company attracts $200 million global investment

21 July 2017 - Kiwi Company Attracts $200 Million Global Investment

Partners restarts shadow share scheme

20 July 2017 - Partners Life has launched a second shadow share scheme to drive sales and drive positive outcomes for the industry.

Little medical cover for mental health

10 July 2017 - Many medical insurance policies offer little cover for mental health, a new report has found.

Time to rebrand trauma: IFSO

23 June 2017 - Rebranding trauma insurance as “critical illness cover” across the board would clear up confusion among consumers, the Insurance and Financial Services Ombudsman says.

Ballantyne: Advice businesses should be more businesslike

20 April 2017 - Insurance advisers should take some tips from other industries when it comes to investing in their own practices, Partners Life's managing director says.

Partners gets an upgrade from AM Best

23 March 2017 - Partners Life has had its credit rating upgraded on the back of strong earnings and an investment from Blackstone Group.

Partners to write business without underwriting

7 March 2017 - Partners Life has launched Fast App, an underwriting tool which it says will help close the under insurance gap in New Zealand and widen the customer base for advisers.

Partners gets a new chairman

26 January 2017 - A Kiwi who used to run Tower Health and Life has taken over from Sam Knowles as the chairman of Partners Life.

New addition to the Partners team

24 January 2017 - Partners Life has appointed Christine Greer to the role of Sales Manager as part of their growth strategy for the Waikato/Bay of Plenty area. Greer comes...

Ballantyne honoured for her work

5 January 2017 - Partners Life founder and managing director Naomi Ballantyne says it is "surreal" to be made a Officer of the NZ Order of Merit (ONZM) in the New Year's Honours list, but something she is very proud to have received.

Simon Fisher catches a CEO role

6 December 2016 - Former Partners Life sales manager Simon Fisher has taken on a newly created role to head one of the life insurance adviser groups.

New sales head for Partners

17 November 2016 - Partners Life has appointed Andries Van Graan to the role of general manager of sales.

Fisher to leave Partners Life

14 November 2016 - Simon Fisher, Partners Life’s chief sales officer, is leaving the insurer.

Partners reinstates up-front commission on health insurance

29 September 2016 - Partners Life had reinstated up-front commissions on health insurance business now that it has completed its capital raising with Blackstone.

Dormant products drive replacement business: Adviser

23 September 2016 - There are calls for insurers to do more to help clients with “dormant” products that are becoming increasingly uncompetitive as the insurance market evolves.

Partners increases medical policy price

13 September 2016 - Partners Life has increased the price of its medical product.

Partners closes Blackstone deal

12 September 2016 - Partners Life says the investment from Blackstone Tactical Opportunities has closed successfully. The transaction, first announced in May, was subject to regulatory approvals, which have now been granted.

Income drop sign of move to slow, steady growth for Partners

12 August 2016 - Partners Life says its focus is on slow, steady, continuous growth – something that is reflected in its latest financial statements.

Ballantyne hopeful of OIO nod 'soon'

2 August 2016 - Partners Life boss Naomi Ballantyne says it’s still too early to get into any detail about what the company plans to do with a looming $200 million capital injection.

Adviser products shine

20 July 2016 - Insurers say competition and pressure from advisers is forcing them to come up with better policies than those offered by banks.

Insurers welcome FAA changes

14 July 2016 - A decision not to pursue explicit commission restrictions has been welcomed by New Zealand insurers.

Regulation fears for advice businesses' value

21 June 2016 - Insurers will have a role to play to help advisers if the Financial Advisers Act brings in extra compliance requirements for them, AIA's chief executive says.

Nice 5th birthday present for Partners Life

31 May 2016 - Partners Life has just been given a cheque for its fifth birthday and it's a pretty big one  - $200 million.

The Partner's story rolls on with a new multi-million investment

31 May 2016 - Partners Life has nailed a $200 million capital injection from a US private equity firm which enables it to continue on its growth path.

Anti-commission argument not winning: Ballantyne

17 May 2016 - Partners Life boss Naomi Ballantyne has questioned the motives of a new report that suggests insurers could improve their fortunes by moving away from a commission-driven distribution model.

Terminal illness cover launched

10 May 2016 - Partners Life is launching a new terminal illness product that does not require customers to have life cover as well.

PAA sorry for launch invitation

28 April 2016 - A mass email from the Professional Advisers Association inviting its members to a Partners Life product launch has been swiftly followed by an apology and an assurance that "this type of communication will not be sent to members in the future." 

Standard definitions might not be silver bullet

14 April 2016 - [UPDATED] New Zealand insurers say standard trauma definitions could end up costing consumers.

Insurance rules get review

13 April 2016 - Regulation governing the insurance sector in New Zealand is to be reviewed.

Industry ponders role of FSC

16 February 2016 - Financial services industry participants are undecided on whether there is a future role for the Financial Services Council, after the resignation of its chief executive.

Partners offers mobile tests

11 December 2015 - Partners has launched a new mobile blood test and paramedical service to help get deals across the line. It said it had been driven by adviser demand. Advisers...

Report tore apart FSC

23 November 2015 - A disclaimer on a report issued today by the Financial Services Council shows how divisive it is.

Advisers replacing policies are doing their jobs

23 November 2015 - Insurers react to report. OnePath doesn't agree with much of it. Partners says the authors guessed numbers and Asteron becomes fifth company to quit the FSC.

Partners Life quits FSC over MJW report

10 November 2015 - Partners Life has quit the Financial Services Council (FSC) following a report they say lacked impartiality and was bias against registered financial advisers.

Partners, Ballantyne and Asteron pick up Awards

6 November 2015 - Partners Life, Naomi Ballantyne and Asteron have all been recognised at the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance (ANZIIF) insurance...

Partners capital raising complete

15 September 2015 - Partners Life has completed its latest round of capital raising, and netted just under $27 million. Chief executive Naomi Ballantyne said the company had...

Call for one dispute scheme

15 September 2015 - UPDATED All financial service providers should belong to one disputes resolution scheme, Partners Life has argued.

Partners backs direct insurance offering

9 September 2015 - Partners Life is backing a new, direct model of insurance.

Partners puts off listing

3 September 2015 - Partners Life has decided to delay its plans to list on the sharemarket.

No screams and howls on IP, but some concerns

25 June 2015 - New Zealand hasn’t had the same problems with income protection claims as in Australia, but there is more companies can do to avoid potential problems, particularly around mental health claims.

Partners collects another accolade

12 June 2015 - Partners Life has been named the Insurance Provider of the Year at the PAA Excellence Awards for the second time in the company’s four-year history.

FMA starts major investigation into churn

29 May 2015 - The Financial Markets Authority has launched a massive investigation into life insurance churn using special powers it has under law.

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