Saturday, April 25, 2015

Timelapse of the Giant Poppy Project - Video

Further to our previous post on the Giant Poppy in Auckland Domain for ANZAC Day, here is an amazing timelapse video of the poppy being assembled and filled in over time with thousands of messages of support and remembrance from New Zealanders.

Click here to see the video now.

Remember that the Poppy is available to view until tomorrow, so if you haven't done so, we highly recommend you get down and see it for yourself. Definitely a great project and one that Spratt Financial Group is proud to have supported.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Giant ANZAC Poppy - Auckland Domain

This ANZAC Day, Spratt Financial Group is truly proud to be involved in supporting the creation of the world's largest poppy in Auckland Domain. The poppy is made up of thousands of red discs, inscribed with messages of remembrance and support from everyday New Zealanders from all walks of life. It is a moving experience to behold as I did when I took the photos below. It is especially incredible now as the poppy is completely filled in, ready for the breaking of dawn on ANZAC day.

The world's largest poppy up close.

The red discs with messages of support and honor from New Zealand.

We encourage everybody in the area to get down and see the poppy for yourself. It truly is an amazing project, and it will be the site of a spectacular dawn service on ANZAC day as well. Spratt Financial was delighted to get involved, providing insurance for the poppy itself and its creators free of charge. It is the least we can do to help bring this to life.

The poppy, beginning to take shape.

We wish all New Zealanders and Australians a wonderful ANZAC day and we hope you will all take time to remember the sacrifices of the ANZACs and all those who gave their lives defending our country and our way of life. And now, you can view a special timelapse video of the poppy coming together here. Be sure to check it out.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Largest Southern Cross Travel Claims 2014/15

In the wake of Southern Cross announcing that they would be waiving the 'trivial' $100 excess from their travel insurance policies, they have also released the top 10 largest travel insurance claims from the past year, demonstrating just how necessary appropriate travel insurance can really be.

The list itself for the first time does not include only New Zealanders claiming from travel overseas. A claim totalling $236,000 was made by a foreigner who suffered a stroke while travelling through New Zealand and was forced into hospitalisation with an extended treatment. The CEO of Southern Cross Travel Insurance remarked that in comparison to any of these claims, the small cost of insuring your travel paled into insignificance.

The full list is as follows:

Highest value travel insurance claims for 2014:
1. $405,000 - surgery required for cancer in the USA.
2. $365,000 - air evacuation after a brain bleed and heart attack in North America.
3. $285,000 - blood clot while travelling caused a cardiac arrest on a plane, admitted to hospital in the US.
4. $236,000 - a tourist visiting New Zealand suffered a stroke requiring extensive hospitalisation and rehabilitation and transport to home country by air ambulance.
5. $193,000 - suffered a stroke in Europe, required air ambulance.
6. $177,000 - fell from a roof and fractured several leg bones in the USA.
7. $122,000 - family member of an international student diagnosed with cancer.
8. $120,000 - hit by a motorcycle in South East Asia.
9. $112,000 - heart attack while visiting New Zealand, required surgery and rehabilitation.
10. $105,000 - accidental fall resulting in broken bones in Europe
Source: Southern Cross Travel Insurance.
Whether you are travelling overseas, or you are a tourist looking to visit New Zealand, organising travel insurance should be the top of your priority list. Unless, of course, you have a spare $400,000 you're looking to offload.