Award winning insurance

We’re collecting awards faster than a kid collects candy on Halloween. And why not?  Our innovation, smart platform, and clever technology are so well thought out it would be a crime not to get some recognition. 


The caffeine-fueled late nights have paid off in creating a platform that works for New Zealand homeowners seeking a straightforward insurance experience.

When our founders created Initio, they saw a huge gap in the market and developed a solution to fill it. Now, everything you need is at your fingertips: making a claim, signing up your property, getting a quote, and keeping all your paperwork online in one place. We’ve created something truly remarkable, and it’s no surprise we’re walking away with these awards.

So without any further ado, let’s look at the awards we’ve won over the years:

2024 awards

 Innovation Excellence Award (Canstar)

Winner of the 2024 Canstar Innovation Excellence Award. Honouring our efforts in setting new insurance claims standards for convenience and efficiency in the insurance industry.

Claims Initiative (Insurance Asia)

Our Smart Claims project won the Claims Initiative of the Year Award. We’ve revolutionised the claims process with real-time updates and results through the initio dashboard.

Underwriting Initiative (Insurance Asia)

Won through our Locatio project, which uses geospatial data from LINZ, allow customers to get instant quotes and coverage in under two minutes, setting new standards for efficiency, accuracy, and customer-centricity.

2023 awards

Favourite Home Insurance Innovation (MoneyHub)

For this award, Moneyhub curated a list of their favourite insurers and products that went beyond standard policies to deliver exceptional value and benefits to policyholders. Initio won through our innovative technology, which delivers high-quality insurability assessments and property premiums in under six seconds.

Top Insurance Employer (Insurance Business)

IB’s Top Insurance Employers of 2023 named some of the best insurance companies to work for in Australia and New Zealand because of their commitment to creating an environment for their people to thrive and perform.

5-star Insurance Innovators (Insurance Business)

The 2023 IB 5-Star Insurance Innovators award celebrated those on the cutting edge and some of the most innovative insurance companies in Australia and New Zealand.

2022 (and older) awards

5-Star Insurance Technology Providers (Insurance Business)

The title of 2022 IB 5-star Insurance Technology Provider was awarded through thorough market research from insurance brokers. IBNZ enlisted industry experts to select the best insurance technology providers.

2019 ANZIIF Finalist 

The Australian & New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance recognised initio for its customer-centric digital insurance products that enables customers to instantly change and update their policy themselves online.

2018 Rene Swindley awarded Young Insurance Professional (ANZIIF)

The Australian & New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance Awards Rene Swindley as the 2018 Young Insurance Professional of the Year, citing his leadership in insurance innovation and technology.

2018 Underwriting Agency of the Year (ANZIIF)

Recognised by The Australian & New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance for the innovation, and underwriting as a Managed General Agency of NZI.