John "Bertie" Cocking

John "Bertie" Cocking

Napier's Town Ambassador


And that's the attitude: 'Have a go.'

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John "Bertie" Cocking

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Milestones

My road in life has been direct.
As a child, he decided he wanted to be a "millionaire," wanted to do something that would make him "heaps of money."
Left school at 15, started working; became a certified public accountant by age 22.
Had a good amount of money, had a comfortable life, but he wondered if there was something he'd enjoy doing more.
One of his friends mentioned that he had a talent for imitating a TV character named "Manuel."
He started performing as Manuel at restaurant dinner shows; the success led a woman to invite him to move to Auckland, perform full-time.
Thought, "why not?" and moved to Auckland, gave up on his accounting job without hesitation.
Later invented his own character, Bertie, who acts as a "walking tourism office" for the city of Napier.
For years, the town of Napier paid him to perform as Bertie, but now he does it purely for fun.

Career

Napier's Town Ambassador

I'm a city counsellor, tour guide, and ambassador, sharing with visitors my love of the town of Napier.

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My work combines:
My work combines:
Acting & Theatre
Government
Being Creative