New statistics on the insurance sector

Release date
27 February 2018

The Reserve Bank has today begun publishing new quarterly statistics that will provide insights into the structure and activities of the insurance industry.

The newly published statistics provide aggregated financial data provided by licensed insurers.

Head of Macro Financial Stability, Bernard Hodgetts, said that new statistics will help provide insights into the insurance industry’s financial performance and position in New Zealand.

“New Zealand’s private insurance sector is relatively small by international standards. This reflects a number of factors, including the comparatively large role of government in the provision of social insurance services in New Zealand, and the small extent to which insurance products are part of New Zealand’s retirement savings infrastructure.”

The Reserve Bank licenses and supervises insurers operating in New Zealand subject to the Insurance (Prudential Supervision) Act 2010. Insurance provided by government entities such as Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) and Earthquake Commission (EQC) is not subject to the Act. The Reserve Bank collects data from licensed insurers only.

Today’s release provides industry analysis sourced from the Reserve Bank’s Quarterly Insurer Survey. The survey covers 28 out of 88 licensed insurers which currently account for just under 90% of assets and premiums of the insurance industry as a whole.

Statistics manager Steffi Schuster said that these larger insurers earned premiums of $9 billion over the year to September 2017, while gross claims were $8 billion. “These insurers held assets worth $21 billion and liabilities of $14 billion at the end of September 2017.”

“The release today of a new set of statistics is part of a multi-year initiative towards providing comprehensive data on the New Zealand insurance industry. The Reserve Bank plans to expand the range of available statistics over time.”

New insurance statistics

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