About Us

Created by unions - for Members, not profit.

HealthCarePlus was created with our ‘not-for-profit’ purpose being to support the physical, mental and financial well-being of Members - through our cover, and through research, thought leadership, and support.

Our Story

Our Story

HealthCarePlus exists to give union members, in the education and public service sectors, a ‘pathway to more’. More physical, mental or financial strength and resilience for themselves, and their families, and more financial knowledge, and access to more services and support.

Since starting as The Education Benevolent Society Incorporated (“EBS”) in 1963, we’ve helped tens of thousands of eligible union members and their families access competitive insurance products to support their families’ health and wellbeing and provide financial protection for unforeseen events.

But in recent years, we’ve expanded on that mandate to support health and well-being in a broader range of areas - partnering with leading organisations who share our values, to pass on greater value than the market will tend to provide.

Now, our focus extends beyond only uniquely generous healthcare to, travel and life insurance, legally binding wills, financial advice, a comprehensive health and wellbeing program, and more – thereby giving back to the education & public service sectors.  We also contribute to the promotion of education for all Kiwi’s via our charitable ‘Grants for Good’ program.

As a Union owned organisation, and in solidarity with all New Zealand’s workers, HealthCarePlus was the first accredited Living Wage Employer in the insurance sector, and in 2019, applied for and received Charitable Status - with our first distribution of grants taking place in late 2020.

Our Owners

Our Owners

The very same unions that protect your rights at work created HealthCarePlus to protect your health in life.   

So, as part of your union membership, you and your families can benefit from affordable, supplementary healthcare that genuinely leaves you, your whānau, and your fellow workers better off.

  • TEU

    — TEU

    "Members of the Tertiary Education Union appreciate greatly the benefits of belonging to HealthCare+. Not only is it exceptional value for money at a time when many costs are rising especially the cost of keeping whanau and family well and healthy, but the fact that HealthCare+ is owned by the education unions means that once again the collective power of belonging to a union benefits members. Great value and great service"

    Sharn Riggs
    TEU National Secretary - Retired

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  • PSA

    — PSA

    "HealthCarePlus is different because it was established by workers, for workers and it continues to serve union members everywhere.  PSA is proud to have been associated with it for so many years.  Our  Members have benefited from affordable, supplementary healthcare for themselves and their families and we stand by the products on offer at HealthCarePlus, and the work of their great team."

    Erin Polaczuk
    PSA National Secretary

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  • PPTA

    — PPTA

    "PPTA are proud to be a member of HealthCarePlus and include their services as a premier package as part of our members benefits scheme.

    We positively promote HealthCarePlus at all of our conferences and events and look forward to  continuing our successful association with them."

    Doug Clark
    PPTA Members Benefit Coordinator

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  • NZEI

    — NZEI

    "NZEI Te Riu Roa is proud to be one of the founding union owners of HealthCarePlus.  It's a not-for-profit health insurer created by union members for union members to provide low cost insurance to cover you (and your whanau's) day-to-day medical costs.

    NZEI Members are the largest group of HealthCarePlus subscribers who recognise the real value for money products they can get, who like dealing with an organisation with a Member first, values driven approach and who know the benefits of working collectively to look after each other.

    So, if you're an NZEI Te Riu Roa Member and not yet a HealthCarePlus subscriber, why not take a closer look?"

    Andrew Casidy
    General Manager - Operations
    NZEI

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  • ISEA

    — ISEA

    "Members of the Independent Schools Education Association (ISEA) appreciate the benefits of belonging to HealthCarePlus and the range of healthcare and insurance products and services offered through the scheme. ISEA are proud of our relationship with HealthCarePlus because it is owned by the education unions which means that Members benefit from the collective power of belonging to a union to get affordable supplementary healthcare. We were also pleased to hear that HealthCare Plus was the first accredited Living Wage Employer in the insurance sector."

    Matthew Fitzsimons
    General Secretary
    ISEA

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  • TIASA

    — TIASA

    The Tertiary Institutes Allied Staff Association (TIASA Te Hononga) is the professional association and union for allied (non-teaching/general) staff across the New Zealand tertiary education sector. If you work in an allied staff role at any level then TIASA is for you!

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  • TEU

    — TEU

    "Members of the Tertiary Education Union appreciate greatly the benefits of belonging to HealthCare+. Not only is it exceptional value for money at a time when many costs are rising especially the cost of keeping whanau and family well and healthy, but the fact that HealthCare+ is owned by the education unions means that once again the collective power of belonging to a union benefits members. Great value and great service"

    Sharn Riggs
    TEU National Secretary - Retired

    Learn more
  • PSA

    — PSA

    "HealthCarePlus is different because it was established by workers, for workers and it continues to serve union members everywhere.  PSA is proud to have been associated with it for so many years.  Our  Members have benefited from affordable, supplementary healthcare for themselves and their families and we stand by the products on offer at HealthCarePlus, and the work of their great team."

    Erin Polaczuk
    PSA National Secretary

    Learn more
  • PPTA

    — PPTA

    "PPTA are proud to be a member of HealthCarePlus and include their services as a premier package as part of our members benefits scheme.

    We positively promote HealthCarePlus at all of our conferences and events and look forward to  continuing our successful association with them."

    Doug Clark
    PPTA Members Benefit Coordinator

    Learn more
  • NZEI

    — NZEI

    "NZEI Te Riu Roa is proud to be one of the founding union owners of HealthCarePlus.  It's a not-for-profit health insurer created by union members for union members to provide low cost insurance to cover you (and your whanau's) day-to-day medical costs.

    NZEI Members are the largest group of HealthCarePlus subscribers who recognise the real value for money products they can get, who like dealing with an organisation with a Member first, values driven approach and who know the benefits of working collectively to look after each other.

    So, if you're an NZEI Te Riu Roa Member and not yet a HealthCarePlus subscriber, why not take a closer look?"

    Andrew Casidy
    General Manager - Operations
    NZEI

    Learn more
  • ISEA

    — ISEA

    "Members of the Independent Schools Education Association (ISEA) appreciate the benefits of belonging to HealthCarePlus and the range of healthcare and insurance products and services offered through the scheme. ISEA are proud of our relationship with HealthCarePlus because it is owned by the education unions which means that Members benefit from the collective power of belonging to a union to get affordable supplementary healthcare. We were also pleased to hear that HealthCare Plus was the first accredited Living Wage Employer in the insurance sector."

    Matthew Fitzsimons
    General Secretary
    ISEA

    Learn more
  • TIASA

    — TIASA

    The Tertiary Institutes Allied Staff Association (TIASA Te Hononga) is the professional association and union for allied (non-teaching/general) staff across the New Zealand tertiary education sector. If you work in an allied staff role at any level then TIASA is for you!

    Learn more
Our Board

Our Board

The Society is governed by a Board of six Directors appointed by the Member Union owners. The Board consists of four Member Board Members appointed to represent the four largest Member Unions and two Independent Board Members.

  • Board Chair

    Linda has been involved in management and governance roles with a learning flavour, for most of her career.  Linda is currently CE of the Primary ITO, the organisation which sets standards and supports apprenticeship and training throughout the primary industries.

    Current governance roles include being Chair of the Board of Governors of the Commonwealth of Learning, one of only two pan-Commonwealth organisations, dedicated to furthering economic and social development through technology-enabled education; and a Board member of Education New Zealand, the agency that promotes NZ education for overseas students and offshore.

    Prior to that, Linda was Chief Executive of the Wellington Institute of Technology for fifteen years.

  • Independent Board Member

    I guide investors on their journey to meeting their objectives with specific reference to meeting obligations and managing risks. This involves ensuring that good governance structures and fit-for-purpose policies are in place.

    I have served a very diverse range of investors in the private, public and philanthropic sectors, including not-for-profit entities, Crown Financial Institutions, superannuation schemes and KiwiSaver providers.

    Partnering with you to achieve financial success is my passion!

  • Member / Board Member

    Allan Vester recently retired as being Principal of Edgewater College a role that he held for 23 years.

    Allan continues to be a strong supporter of the PPTA and has been a member of EBS now HealthCarePlus since 2000.  Allan believes that HealthCarePlus provides the members of PPTA with a very valuable service.

    By being on the Board, Allan sees the opportunity to contribute to ensuring that the work that HealthCarePlus does, and the benefit that work confers on members is maximised.  The Board does this by ensuring effective corporate governance and by ensuring we operate in a professional yet cost effective way.

  • Member / Board Member

    Erin joined the PSA’s secretariat in 2014 after working at the Post Primary Teachers' Association as Deputy General Secretary and she has held roles in organising and advocacy, policy, education, governance and management within the union movement. Erin believes unions are the most effective vehicle for progressive change and social justice in society.

    Erin is currently involved in progressing the PSA’s strategic goals, including its campaign on pay and employment equity- ‘Worth 100%’ and her union has a particular focus on the health, community and public sectors. The PSA now has over 67,000 members and 40% of recent recruits to the union are under the age of 35.

    Erin is an experienced leader and brings to the Society a wealth of experience in using digital marketing and social media to attract new members.

  • Member / Board Member

    Samantha Stephen oversees the support operations of the Tertiary Education Union Te Hautu Kahurangi o Aotearoa, managing a team essential to the smooth running of the organisation.

    After graduating with a Bachelor of Social Sciences from the University of Waikato, Samantha spent several years working in a community-based role for a non-profit organisation that offered preventative and rehabilitative support to offenders and their whanāu.

    Samantha went on to work in events management where for nine years she was part of a team responsible for organising an annual event attended by over 45,000 New Zealanders.

    Samantha is an accomplished people manager and brings to the board a detail-oriented, problem-solving approach.

  • Deputy Chair - Member / Board Member

    Darrell worked as a teacher and principal in various Southland schools from 1971 until 2002.  He became an EBS subscriber as a trainee teacher in 1968.  Darrell was an elected member of NZEI’s National Executive from 1990 until 2002.  This included the role of National President and director of Education House Ltd.  From 2002 until his retirement in 2012 he was employed by NZEI Te Riu Roa as Assistant Secretary at the National Office.  In 2015 he was awarded Life Membership of NZEI Te Riu Roa. 

    Darrell has been a member of the Board since 2011.  He brings to the board significant education union knowledge, leadership experience and a broad union network.

Our Report

Annual report

In this section you can find the Education Benevolent Society Incorporated’s (trading as HealthCarePlus) Annual Reports including it’s Financial Statements and Governance.

annual-report
Our Partners

Our Partners

HealthCarePlus selects partners to help us deliver more comprehensive services to members, based on the following criteria:

They are values-driven - with a core mission and history of putting people, before profit.

They are genuinely trusted by New Zealanders - with a track record of being solid, reliable, transparent, and doing the right thing.

They are innovative - looking for smart ways to add value and deliver more, for less.

They are affordable - with a focus on making their services accessible and affordable not only today but into the future, and their benefits achievable, for NZ’s education and public services workers and families.

They are prepared to add real value to HealthCarePlus members - by reducing cost, or adding value on their products, to a greater degree than the commercial marketplace will usually provide.