John Bertie's Open Road
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Napier, Hawke's Bay NZ
Public Television: Season 6
JOHN BERTIE COCKING
Napier's Town Ambassador
accounting, acting, attitude, finance, go for it, money, perspective, tourism
John "Bertie" Cocking worked as an accountant in England and New Zealand for more than 20 years, but his true passion was acting. He created a character, "Bertie," who now serves as town ambassador for the city of Napier in New Zealand, where he is also a city council member. Although John doesn't get paid anymore today for role-playing in his character Bertie, he still does it because it makes him happy. Bertie is now considered a part of the city's culture and history and John can often be seen in character on guided tours of Napier for tourists.