John Bertie's Open Road

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  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Yankee Kiwis

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Napier, Hawke's Bay New Zealand

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: Season 6

  • ON DVD:

    Roadtrip Nation: Season 6

JOHN BERTIE COCKING

Napier's Town Ambassador
Self-Employed

“And that's the attitude, ‘have a go.'”

INTERESTS:

Acting & Theatre Government

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Fulfillment

TAGS:

accounting, acting, attitude, finance, go for it, money, perspective, tourism

BIOGRAPHY:

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.

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