Glasses, phones and laptops top the list of Nelson’s insurance claims

Kiwis have made almost 29,000 insurance claims for lost glasses since 2020, totaling an eye-watering $26 million.

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Kiwis have made almost 29,000 insurance claims for lost glasses since 2020, totaling an eye-watering $26 million.

Glasses are Nelson’s most claimed for insurance item, with more than 400 of us losing or damaging our specs over the last two and a half years.

State Insurance data showed there were 427 claims for glasses in the Nelson region, amounting to $333,000. Nationally, glasses took out the second spot on the insurance provider’s top 10 list, with almost 29,000 claims totaling $26 million.

Mobile phones, Aotearoa’s most claimed item, were number two on the list in Nelson, with 395 claims over the 2.5 year period, totaling $370,000. Nationally, there were 36,000 claims for phones – including 1521 dropped in toilets.

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4327 Kiwis claimed for missing, damaged or stolen dentures over the last 2.5 years. Almost 200 of these claims involved pets.

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4327 Kiwis claimed for missing, damaged or stolen dentures over the last 2.5 years. Almost 200 of these claims involved pets.

Laptops were third on the list for the region as well as nationally, with 241 claims in Nelson compared to almost 20,000 nationally. Claims for laptops spiked by 18% during the nationwide lockdown of 2020, the insurance provider found.

Other items in the top 10 were jewellery, furniture, appliances, hearing aids, bicycles and carpet.

Dentures were tenth on the list, with 50 Nelsonians joining 4327 nationally to claim for missing teeth at a cost of $10m.

While the majority of the denture claims related to damaged or missing items, 184 were damaged by pets, the data revealed.

The Financial Services Council club of insurers surveyed the public on the main reasons why people were underinsured.

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