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Welcome to InsurancesafeNZ

Welcome to Insurancesafenz.com. Whether you're travelling to study, work or simply explore the globe, it’s important to make sure that you have the right level of insurance cover to protect you in the event of unexpected loss or illness.

InsurancesafeNZ provides three different travel insurance policy categories: Studentsafe, Workersafe and Explorersafe. This means that if you’re travelling to New Zealand, travelling within New Zealand or temporarily leaving New Zealand, we have something to offer you. Use the Policy Finder to narrow your policy search and get a quote. Our website is also packed with great information on how to keep safe, how to make the most of your time abroad and how to understand your travel insurance policy better. If you need further assistance contact one of our friendly staff on our toll-free number 0800 486 004 (within NZ) or +64 9 488 1638 (outside of NZ).

Handling Exam Season Stress

Wellness for good work

Wellness for good work

A healthy worker is a more productive worker. It seems like an obvious statement to make, but in today’s working world, many workers feel that they have keep pushing and pushing to get results – even at the expense of their health and wellbeing. Workplaces need to be more supportive of their staff to make sure that they feel they are able to take time to get healthy if they are unwell, or to express their concerns if they are overburdened with stress.

Visiting Europe from New Zealand

Visiting Europe from New Zealand

If you’ve spent a while in New Zealand, you might be feeling like it’s time to try somewhere else for a little holiday. Rather than just heading home, or visiting somewhere close by, why not make it a real adventure and trek to the other side of the world – Europe?

Seasonal planning

Some people chase summer, avoiding the colder months of the year. Other people – mostly skiers and snowboarders – will go anywhere in the world there’s snow. Pick your time of year depending on wha

What To Expect At A New Zealand School

Socialising for Free in New Zealand

Socialising for Free in New Zealand

Ask any adult what their student years were like, and there will almost always be two things that everyone has in common – lots of fun, and hardly any money! But if you’re new to a city or even a country, it can be hard to know where to begin when it comes to finding social activities that you can do on a student budget.

To help you out, we’ve rounded up some of our top tips for free and cheap things to do in New Zealand’s main student cities and towns to get you started!

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Kiwi Workplace Etiquette

Kiwi Workplace Etiquette

Adjusting to a new workplace comes with challenges wherever you are in the world – and if you're in a new country as well as a new workplace, those changes can be even more extreme. New Zealand culture is quite friendly and informal, and this extends to many workplaces. But it can be difficult at times to understand where the limit is – how casual is too casual and what will make you look unprofessional? How formal is too formal and what will make you look too unapproachable?

Some of

Taking care of your sexual health

Taking care of your sexual health

If you’re reading this article, you’ve already made a sensible choice. If you’re in a new relationship, or thinking about starting to date, it’s important to think about how you can ensure that you and your partner stay safe when you’re having a little extra ‘fun’.

So read on to learn more about what steps you should be taking to keep safe. The consequences can range from irritating to life-threatening – and that isn’t a gamble anyone should take.

STI protection

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Perfect Packing

Peace of mind creates the best adventure

Peace of mind creates the best adventure

Making sure you return from holiday with great memories

Travelling can be a real adventure – but an important part of any overseas experience is making sure that you keep yourself safe while you’re exploring.

When you’re planning adventures overseas, there’s so much excitement that it can be easy to forget about the parts of travel that are a little less glamorous. Organising travel insurance may not be as thrilling as planning your routes and researching the major attraction

The best ways to escape the Kiwi Winter

The best ways to escape the Kiwi Winter

Escape the Kiwi winter – discovering the Pacific and Australia

Unless you’re really into skiing, winter in New Zealand isn’t really the most exciting time of year. It’s not cold enough for there to be pretty snow falling in the cities, but it’s still cold enough that you don’t want to spend time outside unless you have to. Instead of snow, we mostly get rain and wind. It’s certainly not terrible – but it does give you a good excuse to go somewhere sunny if you have the time and budge

Dealing with anxiety

Dealing with anxiety

Everyone experiences periods of stress in certain situations – perhaps exams are coming up, or you’ve spent a little more than you intended to at dinner and pay day is still a couple of days away. That’s a normal part of life, and most of the time, it goes away fairly quickly when the source of the stress comes and goes. You pass your exam, you check your bank account and ther

Navigating Kiwi Customs

Navigating Kiwi Customs

Any new culture will have customs that you will start to learn very quickly as soon as you arrive! To give you a head start on your time in New Zealand, we’ve got a few key bits of information about Kiwi culture – and a whole lot of detail about speaking like a local!

Knowing your left from your right

When you’re walking the streets of New Zealand – or even when you’re still at the airport and navigating escalators – it’s good to remember that we drive on the left, not the righ

Finding Hidden Gems

Navigating New Zealand Airports

Flatting on a Budget

Flatting on a Budget

Creating a rewarding lifestyle you can afford

There are always going to be some expenses when you’re moving to a new place – but there are plenty of ways to minimise the costs.

Flatting doesn’t have to be expensive. There are a number of ways you can set up a flat on a budget without losing out on quality and the occasional treat. To make sure that you get the best experience possible no matter what your income may be, we’ve brought together a few of our favourite tips and t

How to make friends

How to make friends

How to make new friends while you’re studying abroad

It’s natural to feel homesick and very far away from friends and family while overseas – but there are some easy ways to find new friends wherever you may be!

When you’re away from your family and community that feeling of homesickness can feel very overwhelming. Making friends and keeping busy are the easiest ways to prevent homesickness – but you need to put the effort in. If you sit at your computer looking over your soci

Finding a place to call home

From Study To Salary

From Study To Salary

Simplifying the start of your working life in New Zealand

In order to get the best start possible when it comes to working in New Zealand we have some advice from those who have done it themselves!

For many people, the shift from university study to the working world is one of the biggest changes they will ever experience. Life until that point is focused on formal education – sitting in class, doing homework, taking notes… and then all of a sudden, it’s time to step out into

Transitioning from study to work

Keeping Safe and Healthy

Keeping Safe and Healthy

Looking after yourself when you’re caught up in your new life

Knowing how best to look after your health and look out for your safety is key to travelling with peace of mind.

No matter where you go in the world, someone will tell you to keep safe and often there’s a good reason for it. When travelling or moving somewhere new it can be tempting to step outside of your comfort zone and give everything a go. While this is a great attitude it’s important to explore your new surrou

Keeping in touch

Keeping in touch

The best ways to stay in contact with those back home

While you’ll want to make new friends and connections while abroad, it’s really important not to forget about everyone back home.

Relocating to a new country for work is hugely exciting. Getting a new job and home and navigating new cultures, practices and languages is an immersive experience and can be incredibly consuming.

An “out with the old, in with the new” approach can be tempting – after all, you’re making a

Everybody needs good neighbours

Keeping Things Honest

Learning a foreign language

Learning a foreign language

Tips for expat parents

When you arrive in a new country, exchanging a few words of conversation with a local can help you to feel settled. It’s a great way to get to know people, and a useful skill to have for your time abroad. Here, we take a look at how expats parents can prepare themselves and their children for this challenge and provide some tips for successfully mastering the local lingo.

In general, the younger your children are the easier it will be for them to pick u

Moving overseas with a pet

Moving overseas with a pet

For many of us, our pets are part of the family. For expats intending to move overseas with their pet, planning and research before the move is essential. It is crucial to ensure the welfare of your beloved pet during and after transit, and that regulation surrounding the importation and exportation of pets is complied with.

Before you go:

Research animal import regulations for your new country of residence, to determine what conditions must be met for your pet to be allowed en

Making your travel dollar go further

Ways your wellness can contribute to your productivity

4/03/2019

A healthy worker is a more productive worker. It seems like an obvious statement to make, but in today’s working world, many workers feel that they have keep pushing and pushing to get results – even at the expense of their health and wellbeing. Workplaces need to be more supportive of their staff to make sure that they feel they are able to take time to get healthy if they are unwell, or to express their concerns if they are overburdened with stress.  

The result will be happier people who are able to do better work… which means a better bottom line for companies too! So even if an organisation is more concerned about profits than people, treating their workers well will ultimately be the economically responsible thing to do.

If you want to get ahead at work, keeping yourself healthy is an important part of ensuring you can be productive and do the best job possible. Here are some ways to take care of yourself, and the reasons why they are important.


Office support

A lot of the research about business wellness programmes comes from the USA, where the perspective is a little bit different due to different healthcare systems. But the numbers still tell a story we can understand. A study from the University of Louisville in Kentucky found that each dollar that a company invested in a wellness programme generated $7 in saved healthcare costs. While businesses here do not have such a burden of health insurance costs as businesses in the USA do, it still shows that wellness programmes mean healthier staff. And healthier staff mean improved productivity and less likelihood that staff will have to call in sick and miss work.

So make the most of any programmes available to you at your workplace – whether it’s private health insurance, weekly yoga classes, ergonomic assessments or EAP (employee assistance programme) counselling. If you work for a smaller workplace where there aren’t built in benefits, perhaps you could suggest starting something like yoga classes. Even if staff pay for classes themselves, if the teacher comes to the office, people will feel enabled to step away from their desk and take the time to breath, relax and exercise.

Be sure to make the most of other once-off offerings from your workplace. Many businesses and virtually all public service roles will offer free flu vaccinations each winter. It’s better to have a slightly sore arm for one afternoon than risk coming down with whatever flu is going around each winter – and herd immunity is an important part of protecting people who can’t get vaccinated for whatever reason, so if you’re able to, be responsible and protect yourself and others!

Wellness with workmates beyond the office

Some organisations will have social sports teams, which can be a great way to socialise and work on your fitness all at the same time – both of which are things that will have a positive impact on your mental and physical wellbeing. By doing sports activities with workmates, you all can enjoy those same benefits – as well as having fun at the same time!

Depending on the time of the year, there will be different options available. Generally, there will be more going on in the summer, especially as people wind down the year towards the ‘silly’ season. Touch rugby leagues are especially common in summer, with indoor cricket and indoor netball competitions offering something you can do year round.

If you like the idea of participating but you haven’t played a particular sport before, don’t worry! Everyone has to learn some time, and the whole idea of these teams is that they are social and not too competitive. In some industries, there may even be an industry-paced league – for example, there’s a social soccer league in Auckland between different civil engineering companies. So it’s not only a chance to get to know your colleagues, but you can meet other people in your industry and make useful networking connections in a relaxed environment.


Acknowledging your limits

We have all had times where we feel sick, but feel as though we can probably push through and go to work. It’s just a cold. I feel better than I did yesterday. I can’t afford to miss a day, I’m so busy. You are never so busy that you can’t take a day off work if you’re really unwell – and if you are, there’s a problem with the company you work at.

If you’re unwell, you should stay home. If you have a cold or the flu or another contagious illness, you risk infecting those around you, and making more people sick. In a large enough work place, it might work its way around everyone and then come back to you again! Remember if you are on the mend and back at work but still sneezing, you should use a tissue to cover your mouth and nose, and immediately throw the tissue away. If you don’t have a tissue with you, sneeze into your upper arm or elbow, not your hands – that way, you won’t be touching door handles and keyboards with germy hands.

For times when you are sick but it’s not contagious, you need to think about yourself. Perhaps you have food poisoning – or maybe you have a chronic health condition and you’re having a difficult day. Taking time to rest will be more helpful than struggling through one day and then the next. Instead of having three days where you aren’t up to your usual ability, one day off for rest and recovery means you can be back at your usual power for the next two days, making it a sensible decision in the long run when it comes to ensuring better productivity.


Habits to make and habits to break

It’s 2018, so this isn’t news – but smoking is bad for you, and you should try to give it up. It can be hard if you are already an addicted smoker, but one element that people don’t always think about when they are trying to quit is that it’s a social activity, and you may have a habit of chatting to fellow smokers when you step out of the office.

But the health issues aren’t worth that little moment of socialising. Instead of making your moment of ‘fresh’ air and colleague chats your smoke break, why not organise a little walking group at lunchtimes or morning tea times? You can have a conversation, get to know the area around your office better, and actually get some real fresh air, rather than breathing toxic fumes while standing out in the cold. Being committed to going for a walk is definitely a habit worth making, while you’re working on breaking that other habit.

It’ll also make you more popular with your colleagues – nobody likes having to smell tobacco smoke on someone’s jacket!

Food and meal planning

Your office may provide fresh fruit for you to enjoy, which is a good start to making sure you get something healthy each day. But it’s not enough to rely on eating an apple for morning tea. Planning your meals in advance and packing your lunch is an easy way to have a nutritious meal in the middle of the day. When we work in cities with hundreds of different options for lunch, it’s all too easy to be tempted by something quick and easy – and very unhealthy.

But if you pack yourself a salad with plenty of protein to fill you up, you’ll feel a lot more productive throughout the afternoon than you would if you bought a meat pie from the dairy or a hamburger from the local fast food joint.

Eat My Lunch is an option if you’re often in a rush, or if you’d just like to not worry about preparing food one or two days a week. This scheme is a social enterprise designed to provide workers with delicious, nutritious lunches while also providing lunches to Kiwi young people who would otherwise go without a midday meal. It’s a subscription model, so you can sign up for a specific day or days each week.


There’s something different each time – one day you might have a hearty roast beef and salad roll, a mini bran muffin, a mandarin and some rice crackers with hummus. The next week it might be a container of orzo pasta packed with vegetables, a ginger biscuit, an apple and some nuts. There’s always a few different components to keep things interesting, and it’s always tasty!

For each lunch that a subscriber purchases, Eat My Lunch gives a lunch to an underprivileged student. The system is currently available in Auckland, Hamilton and Wellington. Keep an eye out at the reception desk at your office around the late morning to see if anyone in the office is already part of the programme – you can make some quick friends if you organise to be part of the same delivery!