How it works

When you take out a Kiwi Insure House Insurance policy you’ll need to confirm the amount it would cost to fully rebuild your house in the event of a natural disaster.

If your house is destroyed by a sudden and accidental event like a fire or flood, we’ll pay to have it rebuilt to its current size and specification. In the case of a natural disaster, it will be replaced to the 'sum insured' you specify.This is the maximum your insurance company will pay out if your home is destroyed. It's your responsibility to ensure this figure is enough to rebuild your home in case of a total loss and to keep this figure up-to-date.

Calculating your sum insured

Your sum insured is not the same as the market value of your house. It’s the likely cost of replacing your home on its current site, based on:

Your current house

  • size
  • standard and type of construction
  • structures, like decks, driveways, sheds, garages, retaining walls, fencing and outbuildings
  • period features (typically in villas and bungalows)
  • permanent swimming and spa pools
  • special features such as jetties and cable cars

The cost to rebuild

  • building material and labour costs
  • demolition and removal of debris
  • site preparation
  • professional fees
  • compliance costs

There are a number of ways you can calculate your sum insured - it's up to you. You can use the independent online Cordell Sum Sure calculator, or ask a licensed builder, quantity surveyor, architect or a registered valuer to help.

Cordell Sum Sure calculator

Shared ownership

If you share a driveway or fences with your neighbours, you’ll need to decide what you’ll each insure and for how much.

If you live somewhere governed by a body corporate, like an apartment complex, the body corporate usually has one insurance policy covering all the units in the complex, and all the common property. This may already be insured on a sum insured basis – you can find out from your body corporate secretary or committee.

You’ll need to understand the extent of your liability and allow for it in your sum insured.

Keeping your sum insured up to date

Once you’ve set your sum insured, it’ll be adjusted automatically by Hollard Insurance before they renew your policy each year. To do this, Hollard Insurance will either use the Cordell Sum Sure calculator or use the building components of the Consumer Price Index.

The new sum insured amount will be included in your renewal documents, which will be sent to you a few weeks before your policy renews. You need to review the sum insured each year to make sure it’s still appropriate for your home. The Cordell Sum Sure calculator can help you with this.

Ready to start the application process

Cordell Sum Sure calculator

The Cordell Sum Sure calculator is an independent tool that generates an estimate of your likely rebuild cost based on the information you provide about your house. It may not be as accurate as a valuation by a professional.

To use the calculator, just enter your address and check the property details list. The calculator will do the work for you.

While the calculator can be useful it does have limitations that you should be aware of. It may not be accurate for very large or high value homes, such as those that cost over $2 million to rebuild, and does not factor in many special features including:

  • areas of shared ownership, such as driveways and fencing that you co–own with neighbours
  • hard to access sections
  • houses with multiple construction materials (e.g. brick and weatherboard)
  • houses with mixed commercial and residential use.

If your home has any of these features you might want to consider getting a professional valuation to ensure you’re adequately covered. If you don’t, you’ll need to add an additional amount to your estimated sum insured to take these features into account.

Remember to save a copy of your results for your own records.

Use the calculator

The Cordell Online Calculator provides factual information as to the estimated rebuild cost of your home, based upon the details that you provide. This calculator provides an estimate only based on industry average building replacement costs and the true replacement cost of your home will vary depending on your circumstances. It does not constitute a recommendation or opinion in relation to taking out or replacing an insurance policy. It is not personalised financial advice. It does not take into account your particular financial situation or goals. The calculator is provided by Cordell Information Pty Ltd and licensed for use on this website. Whilst effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate, Hollard Insurance and its Partners accept no responsibility for the accuracy of any information in, or results derived from, or any reliance you place on, the calculator.

For the avoidance of doubt, Kiwibank Limited accepts no responsibility for the accuracy of any information in, or results derived from, or any reliance you place on, the calculator.

House, Contents and Car Insurance is provided by The Hollard Insurance Company Pty Ltd. The Hollard Insurance Company Pty Ltd is the only organisation responsible for claims under this cover. Administration of House, Contents, Car insurance and claims handling services are managed by Ando Insurance Group Limited on behalf of The Hollard Insurance Company Pty Ltd.

Kiwi Insure® is a brand of Kiwibank. If you arrange your insurance through Kiwibank, you need to know that Kiwibank Limited doesn’t guarantee the obligations of, or any product issued by The Hollard Insurance Company Pty Ltd. Kiwibank Limited may receive a commission on any insurance it arranges.

Important terms, conditions and exclusions are set out in the Kiwi Insure House Insurance policy (PDF 1014.8 KB) effective from 5 April 2018. If your policy was issued before this date, your policy will have been provided by Tower Insurance Limited and you will need to refer to Tower House Contents, and Vehicle Insurance Policy. (PDF 653.5 KB)

“We”, “us”, or “our” means The Hollard Insurance Company Pty Ltd.

The Hollard Insurance Company Pty Ltd has a financial strength rating of A- (Excellent) issued by A.M. Best Company.

Rating Scale

A++, A+ Superior

A, A- Excellent

B++, B+ Good

B, B- Fair

C++, C+ Marginal

C, C- Weak

D Poor

E Under Supervision

F In Liquidation

S Suspended

Further information on these ratings is available at

An overseas policyholder preference applies. Under Australian law, if Hollard Insurance Company Pty Ltd is wound up, its assets in Australia must be applied to its Australian liabilities before they can be applied to overseas liabilities. To this extent, New Zealand policyholders may not be able to rely on Hollard Insurance Company Pty Ltd.'s Australian assets to satisfy New Zealand liabilities.