The Block NZ winners announced
Thu, 06 Sep 2012 9:40p.m.
By 3 News online staff
Southland siblings Libby and Ben were tonight crowned the winners of TV3’s The Block NZ, selling their home for $961,000.
The ten-week competition saw four couples battle it out for DIY divinity, renovating four rundown houses on Auckland’s Anzac Street.
Libby and Ben sold their winning house for $961,000 making a profit of $157,000.
The couple keep the profit made on the house as well as walk away with an $80,000 cash prize.
MediaWorks acting head of programming Mark Caulton says he couldn’t believe the response to the show.
“We are absolutely thrilled with the way Kiwis have embraced the show and the couples. The Block NZ has exceeded all our expectations.”
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27/11/2012 12:09:11 a.m.
watched and enjoyed the series, but judges so biased towards ben and libby, it wasn't funny. They also so against rachel and tyson- judged them down for things they marked up on the others.
10/09/2012 11:42:20 p.m.
I love the Block, Aus and NZ doesn't anyone else think its a bit strange that as soon as the reserve price was made known the houses only sold for about that price? with technology the way it is i'm sure the bidders were informed. It cannot be coincidence that when the auction room were told Tyson and Rachel house had not reached reserve that someone called out a 3 grand jump to the exact reserve price. Its such a shame the auction was live allowing cheating!!! this must be addressed for next year.
10/09/2012 6:53:01 p.m.
Not sure which is the bigger PR debacle for TV3... the trainwreck that was the Block's final night, or putting Paul Henry on a Friday night. Both are absolute disasters for TV3
7/09/2012 7:57:00 p.m.
Suggested changes for next year's format:
1. Show more of the actual renovation work on TV and explain to we, the viewers, what is happening so we can learn something practical and useful. A few DIY tips would be good. Some decent graphics would be nice instead of abstract pencil squiggles. The Australian version of The Block screens for four episodes a week, not two. Perhaps three would be a fair compromise?
2. Spend more than 3 seconds showing us the finished room post-makeover - blink and you missed it! It flashed up so quick on the screen and camera didn't linger long enough, or zoom in on any of the details, had to go online to see it properly! Surely the makeover should be the highlight of the show?
3. A panel of four or five judges, with a variety of tastes. Possibly change them every week to avoid favouritism. This year's duo were pedantic and self-contradictory. They had a big impact on the result because they determined who won the most cash to add value to each home.
4. Participation prize of $5000-$10,000 for each couple.
5. Don't set the reserve prices so high, they were ridiculous - just who is profiting the most from this show?
6. Give each couple more time to complete each of their rooms without having to survive on 2 hours sleep every night for 8 weeks! Doing two rooms at once (eg. bedroom and ensuite, living room and hallway, garden and exterior) is just unrealistic. Slave labour is still illegal as far as I'm aware, and some of them probably didn't even earn minimum wage for their long days. I don't want to watch people turned into zombies, or did the producers just hope lack of sleep would create more tension and fights? Guess they were disappointed, all four couples are a credit to New Zealand, despite occasional bickering.
7. To those who are being completely nasty about Rich & Sare, it says more about your own lack of human decency. They worked extremely hard and did a fantastic job on their home. They're still only in their early 20s so please cut them some slack, no-one is perfect at that age. They made a strategic decision for a prize they badly needed to win - there's no way they could have finished painting their exterior without that prize so I still reckon they made the right decision given their position. The format of the programme deliberately encouraged someone to vote strategically to inject some drama. And it seems as though all The Block couples had kissed and made up by the end of the show. Holding a grudge is just mean.
8. I still don't understand what the female presenter's role was all about?
9. Congratulations to all four couples, who will be brave enough to accept the chalenge next year?
7/09/2012 7:22:57 p.m.
I submit an idea for the next 4 houses. Come to Christchurch, we have alot of damaged houses. Fixing houses in Christchurch on your show would give us something to look forward to. I enjoyed watching the first On The Block. Bring it to Christchurch. Thanks.
7/09/2012 4:42:08 p.m.
Congratulations to Ben and Libby fantastic reward for their hard work, sleepless nights and scarifices made for our entertainment (not just them but all four teams). Heart goes out to Tyson and Rachael, they just didn't have the right buyer out there ON THE NIGHT!!! But we have to remember that this was a house renovation competition with the view to sell for the most money not a personally competition. How much the houses went for has nothing to do with the couples but the housing market and the type of buyers who had the money ON THE NIGHT to buy what THEY PREFERRED with THEIR OWN HARD EARNED MONEY!!! To call Ben and Libby greedy is a bit low. I know most people would have loved them to share some of the winnings but at the end of the day IT WAS A COMPETITION that's the way it goes and they have every right to do what they like with that money. As for the show, whey have to recover costs somehow or else how are the expected to bring another TV Show next year. Great show. It's a hit in Aussie and now in NZ. Even better when it's in our own backyard. Good on you Ben, Libby, Rhys, Ginny, Richard, Sarah, Tyson and Racheal for putting yourselves on TV and sacrificing so much for our entertainment.
7/09/2012 2:44:30 p.m.
Congrats to Libby and Ben, amazing job! Gutted for those that didn't make much profit. Those people who get on here and say the winners are greedy are pathetic. It's not their fault the way the auction went and in the end someone had to win.
7/09/2012 2:19:53 p.m.
ann wilson wrote:
Congratulations to Libby and Ben-they planned for their market right from the start. They worked hard and their work was excellent. They did not cheat or bitch and moan. Thank goodness the cheats did not win. Rachael and Tyson were hopeless at DIY but did work hard- however it is a competition and not for the worst effort. Its the real world they all knew what the odds were. The best couple won. I swill certainly watch again.
7/09/2012 12:10:20 p.m.
I too will not be watching this show again. How awful for Racheal and Tyson - they were fabulous and worked just as much as anyone else on the block, so don't know what the other guys is talking about in terms of hard work - hey, they had child responsibiities and couple stuff going on, Ben and Libby only have to deal with themselves - brother and sister act totally different than partner situation. And what about the dude who purchased B & L home, bet he feels like a wholly now paying $156K over the reserve - wow paid too much. What about Ginny and Rhys - as they said no neighbour next door - real estate 101 - has got to push the price up and hello - it didn't!!! Whats that about? Come on TV3 turn up at Ginny/Rhys and Racheal and Tysons place and give them one of those cars. If I was B & L - I would give them a share of the prize money.
7/09/2012 12:03:22 p.m.
I won't be watching at all next year as a result of the outcome. Absolutely blowen away as to why R & T didn't get a good price for their home, not really that different (i.e. $156K different) to B & L place. The guy who purchased their home will realise that he really, really, really overpaid.......same goes for G & R - only $11K wow how ridiculous their house once again wasn't that different from B & L.As said won't ever watch again!
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