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Our history

The Crombie Lockwood Group dates back to 1978 when Colin Crombie started an insurance broking business with a single office in Napier. Crombie Lockwood has grown to be one of New Zealand's largest insurance brokers and is now owned by Gallagher, one of the largest risk management and insurance broking companies in the world.

Since our founding, we have expanded operations through organic growth and a wide range of strategic acquisitions. The inclusion of proven, client-focused teams with company cultures that are a good fit with Crombie Lockwood has grown our nationwide footprint.


Timeline of Crombie Lockwood

1978 Colin Crombie and Peter Stephens open Crombie Stephens and Associates in Napier. 
1983 Steve Lockwood joins and opens an office in Palmerston North.
1985 Crombie Lockwood & McLean opens for business in New Plymouth.
1986 Hamilton office opens and Steve Lockwood buys out Peter Stephens' shareholding. 
1987 Acquires RC Watt and Associates (Palmerston North). 
1988 Wellington office opens and a third main shareholder, Carl O'Shea (our current CEO), starts with the business. 
1989 Christchurch branch opens its doors as Crombie Lockwood & Davies.
1990 Crombie Stephens and Associates changes its name to Crombie Lockwood.
1992 Forms Crombie Lockwood Financial Services Limited, offering life, risk, and health cover at both retail and wholesale level.
1993 Forms Offshore Placements Limited (now Offshore Market Placements Ltd, OMPL) to gain direct access the London insurance market. Risks could now be placed with Lloyd's of London. 
1994 Acquires JA Bagnell Ltd (Wellington). 
1995 Opens offices in Auckland, Tauranga and Nelson. 
1998 Acquires Head Insurance Brokers (City) and Wilkinson Insurance Brokers (Auckland). Crombie Lockwood (Southern) Limited opens for business in Invercargill.
1999 Acquires Dowling and Associates Ltd (Tauranga), Hart Thomas Insurance Broker Ltd (Palmerston North) and Pacific Insurance Brokers Ltd (Wellington). 
2000 Acquires Longley Insurance Brokers (City) and sets up Monument Finance Ltd to provide premium funding to clients. 
2002 Forms ongoing relationship with National Bank to provide insurance for the bank's clients. Opens office in Kapiti. Acquires Davis and Jenkins Ltd (Hamilton), Powerhouse General Ltd (Nelson), Shaw Lewis Ltd (Tauranga), and JW Manks and Co Ltd (Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Wanganui). 
2003 Opens South Auckland office. Acquires JS Burrett Insurance Brokers Ltd, Adkins Insurance Services Ltd and Kelliher and Associates Ltd (all in Auckland). 
2004 Restructures the 30 separate legal companies making up Crombie Lockwood. 
2005 Opens Queenstown office. 
2006 Becomes part of the Wesfarmers Group. Opens Blenheim office. 
2007 Acquires Law Mooney Williamson (Hamilton) and Mahony Trendall Jack (City, specialising in film and television production insurance). 
2008 Acquires Unicare (City), provider of insurances to international students and Needham Heatly (South Auckland and Christchurch).
2009 Acquires Insurance Solutions (Nelson).
2010 Acquires Murray Hall Insurance Brokers (Whangarei).
2011 Acquires FMR Risk Ltd (nine offices). 
2012 Acquires ACM Ahlers (ten offices).
2014 Opens office in Greymouth.
2014 Acquired by Arthur J Gallagher & Co.
2015 Acquires Reid Manson with offices in Timaru and Ashburton creating a presence in mid Canterbury and South Canterbury.
2016 The company acquires All Risks- Timaru and Oamaru insurance brokers.
2017 Launch of Onesurance, an advanced personal lines insurance products and SMARTpak an innovative solution for SMEs.
2018 Acquired Peter J. Taylor & Associates Ltd, Dunedin.