A History of Insurance in Australia and New Zealand
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The history of insurance in both Australia and New Zealand reflects the broader story of how strong national identities and thriving economies emerged from the waves of immigrants that have come to call these countries home. Despite geographical distance, they have long been connected with the rest of the world through global networks of trade and culture, and yet they have maintained a fierce independence. The latest ongoing chapter in this journey has of course seen a transition in external economic focus from Europe and the US towards Asia. In both Australia and New Zealand, vast natural resources and stunning natural beauty are balanced with exposure to natural disasters, from earthquakes and cyclones to bushfires. It is a tribute to the resilience of both countries and their insurance industries that solutions continue to be found to these challenges.