NZCB drops key part of insurance policy

www.insurancebusinessmag.com | August 30, 2019

The New Zealand Certified Builders Association (NZCB) has dropped its Halo insurance policy’s builder insolvency cover,RNZ reports.NZCB said it had no choice after Lloyd’s of London, the underwriter of the policy, pointed out that it could only either drop the cover or let its members’ premiums skyrocket.

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