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John Cocksy Cocks

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John Cocksy Cocks was a New Zealand celebrity builder.

But a diagnosis of terminal cancer meant he couldn’t work, and got him thinking about what he wanted to do with the life he had.

His Asteron Life insurance is helping him live his life the way he wants to and plan for what he wants to leave behind.

John Cocksy Cocks has always been a fit, active guy. He loves fishing, diving, surfing and playing a sport.

His job as a builder kept him active and brought him into the lives of ordinary New Zealanders through appearances on TV shows including Celebrity Treasure Island.

In 2016, John Cocksy Cocks injured himself playing rugby. When he went to get the pain in his back checked out, his doctors diagnosed a tumour.

“I thought nah, I’m not going to let this beat me.”

Cocksy’s doctors said he couldn’t go back to work, but his income protection insurance meant that he was able to keep his life going.

The mortgage was paid, there was food on the table and petrol in the car.

“I was able to do more important things, like spend time with my family – that became the most important thing.”

Purchasing Life Insurance through an adviser

“A few years ago I was doing some building work for an insurance adviser, and we got along really well. We got chatting about how insurance cover could reduce my ACC bill. It was something I didn’t really know much about.”

Cocksy’s insurance adviser analysed his circumstances and recommended a package of income protection, lump sum trauma and life insurance that would fit his situation.

“I really trusted him, and there was no pressure. I could’ve said no, but I took his advice. And luckily I did – I’ve used two of those covers now, and I have one still to come.”

There was a time, not long before he got sick that John Cocksy Cocks looked at reducing his cover. “If things have changed, if money’s tight, you sometimes look at your premiums and think… can I reduce these a bit?

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“But I didn’t do it, and thankfully I didn’t – because money spent then is money I’m getting now.”

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