New office opens for Hamilton AA Insurance staff after lockdown delay

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Auckland – 1 February 2022 - After a three-month delay, over 100 of AA Insurance’s Hamilton staff moved into new offices at the Union Square development last month.

Despite the office being relocated from temporary accommodation in October last year, staff couldn’t return to the workplace until restrictions eased.

“The initial response from staff has been incredibly positive, with enthusiastic comments about the natural light, space and customised layout, rivalled only by seeing each other face-to-face again,” says Justine Burn, GM Technology & Digital, AA Insurance.

Union Square is located within the Anglesea, Hood and Alexandra Street blocks at the south end of the city’s CBD. Led by local business Foster, on behalf of AFI Investment Ltd, the development has created a thriving business hub in the city, which is hoped will contribute millions of dollars to the local economy over the next few years.

“Our Hamilton staff has been looking forward to physically moving in the building, and making the most of the fantastic facilities, generous workspaces and chill-out areas,” she says. “They’re also excited to be part of this important project for Hamilton city and the positive contribution it will make to the local economy.”

AA Insurance joins another major financial company as inaugural tenants into the first of five buildings completed last August, occupying 1266m² over 1.5 floors for an initial nine-year term.

Described as a “marque office and retail development”, Union Square boasts 30,000sqm of office space, 18 retail outlets and is supported by 350 onsite car parks. Tenants can also access the purpose-built wellness centre and end-of-trip facilities like bike parks and showers.

“When choosing a new lease, we were impressed that Union Square was focused on green-building principles, which was reflective of AA Insurance’s Auckland head office,” says Justine.

“We understand how important a well-designed workspace can be for our people’s health and well-being, especially in these uncertain times, so it made our choice easy. From the way our people have reacted, it’s clear we’ve made the right decision.”

About AA Insurance

AA Insurance is an independently operated, New Zealand-based joint venture between the New Zealand Automobile Association Limited (NZAA) and Vero Insurance New Zealand Limited (VINZL). Since 1994 we have demonstrated trusted expertise in home, contents and car insurance in New Zealand, and in 2018 introduced commercial small business insurance. We underwrite our own policies and sell direct to New Zealanders. Our 1000+ employees look after 500,000+ customers with more than 1,000,000 policies.

We proudly partner with Variety New Zealand – the Children’s Charity (as the lead partner of its Beds for Kids programme), Student Volunteer Army and support grassroot school sports via our Big Little Sponsorship sports grant in partnership with Eden Park. We are consistently recognised in industry awards and honours, including being voted the Reader’s Digest Most Trusted General Insurer for 13 years running, named Canstar’s 2023 Home and Contents Insurer of the Year and Outstanding Value Award winner, and currently ranked 7th amongst 100 of New Zealand’s most successful companies in the Kantar Corporate Reputation Index (since 2015).

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