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Cocksy's story

Cocksy is 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.

Life after cancer

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

“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 Cocksy 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?

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

Asteron Life helped Cocksy realise his dream

When he was diagnosed with cancer, Asteron Life paid out Cocksy’s lump sum trauma insurance benefit. 

“That insurance money enabled me to think, I’ve got a dream that I want to achieve – building a bach on my section in Tairua. So I set that money aside and said, that’s what that’s for.”

Cocksy can’t work as a builder any more, but he has been able to use his skills to perfect the design for his bach and plan the building

“For me, Tairua is the place where I feel most at home, where I feel most comfortable. My happiest memories, for myself and with my girls, are all there. And that’s what I want to leave behind for them – somewhere that they can feel at home.”

Life insurance is helping Cocksy keep his options open

When he meets Asteron Life’s terminal illness definition, Cocksy will be paid his life insurance.

“I can choose what to do with my life insurance money then. I can use it to set up something for my girls, or get treatment that I can’t get through the Government system… it’s good to know that my options are open, and that I have the money to make those options a reality.”

 “I don’t know how I could’ve done everything I have without the insurance. I’m a fit guy, I have an active job – I thought I was the last person this could happen to. But then… the rug’s pulled out from under you. 

"It's good to know that my options are open, and that I have the money to make those options a reality."

“Having that cover in place has allowed me to do things I like doing. I’ve got limited time so I want to make the most of it. I’m using it to the best, for myself and for my family.”

Asteron Life would like to sincerely thank Cocksy and his family for allowing us to share his story.

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Income protection

Because Cocksy can’t work, his income protection pays out a monthly sum for him to live on.

Lump sum trauma

Cocksy had a trauma benefit, which paid out a lump sum when he was diagnosed with cancer. Trauma can be used to help you recover financially if you’re diagnosed with one of 44 medical conditions.

Life insurance

Life insurance pays out a lump sum of money if you die, or if you’re diagnosed as ‘terminally ill’ (12 months or less to live).

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