Check your roofs regularly
Farm building claims have totalled $650,000 in the Wellington/Wairarapa region, with over 30% of costs involving storm and wind damage.
Wind damage predominantly involves roofing iron being ripped off, walls and roller doors blowing out, or branches falling into buildings. Keep trees and branches trimmed and at least 3 metres clear of any buildings and overhead powerlines. We recommend securing outdoor items that could become missiles in strong winds. If you notice any loose tiles or iron, repair these as soon as possible.
Focus on the ground ahead
In the Wellington/Wairarapa region, over 70% of quad bike claims involved accidents on farm.
Majority of accident claims occurred in spring, often with wet or slippery ground as a contributing factor. Over 1 in 3 of rollover claims occur on hilly slopes, so take care and check the condition of the terrain before operating your vehicle. Even at slow speeds, it’s important to be actively riding your quad. Hitting objects, such as small logs, ruts, and mounds, can easily cause a quad to roll.
Don't let your vehicle become a target
Items taken from vehicles in the Wellington/Wairarapa region account for almost 1 in 2 contents theft claims.
Smartphones, wallets, handbags, and tools are the main target of these crimes so keep valuable items out of sight, so your vehicle doesn’t become a target. Avoid leaving valuable items and equipment in vehicles for extended periods of time, and park in well-lit places. Car alarms or additional vehicle security systems are useful to deter thieves.