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 History

Our History

HealthCarePlus is the trading name for The Education Benevolent Society Incorporated (“EBS”).  EBS was started in 1963 to enable teachers, education sector members, and their families to access competitive insurance products to support their families’ health and provide financial protection for unforeseen events.

In 2018 the Board of EBS conducted a fundamental review of the business and decided to enter a strategic partnership with UniMed whereby UniMed underwrites all HealthCarePlus health insurance products, and EBS focusses on providing Members with a range of competitively priced health insurance products underwritten by UniMed.

HealthCarePlus was the first accredited Living Wage Employer in the insurance sector. 

In addition to HealthCarePlus’s insurance marketing activities, in 2019 HealthCarePlus applied for and received Charitable Status.  We are now working with our Union owners as we will be distributing the investment returns from our existing investments as Charitable Education Grants.

We will be making our first distribution of Charitable Education Grants 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 

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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 

    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 Colleague 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 Reps

Our Reps

At Healthcareplus we have a nationwide team of financial advisers who can provide you with personalised advice about which of our plans are best suited to your needs.

Our HealthCarePlus Representatives regularly visit schools and colleges throughout the year.  So, if you would like to book a visit at your place of work click here.

Or they can also meet with you (and your partner) after work to discuss your individual needs, prepare personalised plans and assist you with applying for any insurance to address those needs.

They will be your ‘go to’ person to ensure the plan remains suitable and to help with any serious claims.

— North Island

— South Island

  • Yvonne Collins | HCP Reps

    Yvonne Collins

    Nelson-Marlborough

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  • Neil Mckenzie | HCP Rep

    Neil Mckenzie

    Canterbury - West Coast

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  • Joel McLachlan | HCP Rep

    Joel McLachlan

    Christchurch & West Coast Canterbury

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  • Joanne Barber | HCP Rep

    Joanne Barber

    Southern Districts

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Our Partners

Our Partners

At HealthCarePlus we’ve hand picked our business partners to ensure that our Members have access to high quality and affordable insurance products and services.

UniMed is a not-for-profit specialist health insurer and they were established by Unions too, so has a similar culture and approach to claims.

HealthCarePlus has had a relationship with Crombie Lockwood since the early 1990’s and are part of the AJ Gallagher Group who are the 4th largest insurance broker in the world.

Finally travel insurance is a specialist insurance product where the ability to provide appropriate support when your travel plans go awry is critical and Cover-More has a track record of doing just that.  As one of the leading Travel Insurers globally they have the resources, capacity and capability to support our Members whatever their situation is and wherever it happens.