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Banking and Insurance

University staff enjoy great offers on banking and insurance packages. Insurance options include travel insurance, health insurance and workplace insurance.

Banking packages for permanent University staff

Some banks offer special deals to permanent staff of the University of Otago:

Westpac LogoWestpac and University of Otago

Westpac is proud to be the new official banking partner of the University of Otago. To celebrate this new relationship we’ve collaborated with the University to help you get some very special treatment with your personal banking.

We try to think differently, so while we offer a competitive package, once we know your personal goals and aspirations we can tailor a banking deal that best suits you.

After all, we deal in numbers, but we’ll never treat you like one.

Give us a call on 0508-UNISTAFF - 0508 864 782, email us at or pop in to your nearest Westpac branch.

ANZLogoANZ Bank Ltd

Staff have the opportunity to take advantage of anz@work - a special personal banking package with a range of fee savings and discounts on banking products and services.

BNZLogoBank of New Zealand Ltd

As an permanent employee of University of Otago, you have access to an Financial Wellbeing Programme with the BNZ.This includes:

A free annual Financial Health Check - a one-on-one conversation with a BNZ approved advisor including guidance on how to best structure your money to support you in working towards your financial focus and goals

Advice, tips, tools and support to ensure you are maximising your money, getting best value and most efficient banking services.  Some things to consider: Are you in the appropriate savings vehicle for your goals?  Have you recently reviewed your KiwiSaver fund type and contributions? Getting on the property ladder, buying investment property

To register for a Financial Health Check appointment please contact

Download Your Financial Wellbeing information (PDF)

Kiwibank – For University of Otago Staff

logo-kiwibankOur name says it all. We're a bank made for New Zealanders, by New Zealanders. Helping Kiwis achieve financial independence is what we do.

At Kiwibank we think a little differently to the other banks so we would like to offer each and every one of you the best possible deal based on your personal situation (as opposed to an advertised package of benefits that may not truly reflect the best deal available).

We would love to have a chat with you about how we can help with your personal banking.  Please feel free to contact Leanne Hannah on 0800 452 023 or

Travel insurance

Private travel

Staff travelling overseas privately can purchase international travel insurance under the University Policy for themselves and their family members. The current premium as at 1 December 2017 is $4.95 per person per day. Family members are only covered when a staff member is travelling with them. Also please note:

  • Children aged under 17 years at the conclusion of travel - insurance cover is free.
  • Travellers aged 81 years old and over are not eligible for cover under this policy.
  • When applying for personal travel insurance you are required to pay by credit card at the time of application.

Travel on University business

It is mandatory that staff use this insurance when travelling on University business to ensure unforeseen risks to staff and their property are correctly managed.

It is not acceptable for staff to use alternative or private insurance policies when traveling on University business.

Health insurance

We have two preferred providers of health insurance who may be contacted directly. When contacting these providers, please state that you work for the University of Otago to make the most of employee discounts.

Southern Cross Health Society

SouthernCross LogoUniversity of Otago cares about your health and wellbeing, so you have access to health insurance from Southern Cross at a discounted rate. From 2020 the general discount is 38.5% and then if they qualify for a healthy lifestyle reward there is an additional 10% discount, making a total discount of 48.5% for staff with a Healthy Lifestyle. After 2 years that will change to a Low Claims Discount providing they have not had high claims. Having health insurance gives you the peace of mind that you can get access to qualifying treatment when you need.

Please contact:

Jill Chronican
Freephone: 0800 888 079 (within New Zealand)
Telephone: +64 3 479 3392
Mobile:021 190 4828

Visit the Southern Cross website for more information


How important is your health? UniMed is a New Zealand owned and operated company who work in conjunction with the University of Otago to provide their staff with health insurance products at a significantly discounted rate. We want to give you the peace of mind that should something happen with your health, you have support to get you back on track towards a healthy lifestyle. We are flexible with the medical providers that we use, as we believe that you should have the choice to see someone that you are comfortable with. Alongside this we boast a fantastic claims team with a 2-3 business day turnaround on most claims, with many claims being processed and paid in the same day. Get in touch with your UniMed Representative to discuss protecting your health today.

Please Contact:

Brett Thomson                                                OR      UniMed Sales
Email:                           Email:
Freephone: 0800 600 666                                          Freephone: 0800 600 666 (within New Zealand)
Mobile: +64 27 557 6350
Landline: +64 3 260 2169

Visit the UniMed website for more information

Life & Disability insuranceMarsh logo 2017

Mercer Marsh Benefits insurance brokers, in conjunction with AMP Insurance, offer a voluntary group insurance plan which provides Life, Trauma and Income Protection cover at discounted rates compared to individual policies. Discounts vary depending on your age and level of cover.

  • *Eligible new employees can apply online to join the plan within 75 days of commencing employment at the University, subject to six health questions.
  • *Eligible existing employees can also apply to join the plan at any time, subject to medical underwriting by the insurer.
  • *Eligible employee’s spouses can also apply to join the plan at any time provided the employee is also a member of the plan, subject to medical underwriting by the insurer.

Please contact:
Mercer Marsh Benefits
Freephone: 0800 467 637 (within New Zealand)

Plan website:

Permanent employees or employees on a fixed term contract of two years or more at date of applying for the insurance cover, working 15 hours or more per week at the University and are aged between 16 – 64 years.