Viewers feel for Tyson and Rachel
Fri, 07 Sep 2012 6:30p.m.
By Jane Luscombe
The director of TV3's hit reality TV show The Block NZ says she didn't expect all of the homes to sell at auction last night.
Viewers commiserated with Wellington couple Tyson Hill and Rachel Rasch when they failed to make a profit, but Julie Christie says she's delighted their house sold at all.
The couple’s house only just met the reserve price, so they didn't make a cent after nine weeks of work. But they scoffed any suggestion the reserve was too high, at $798,000.
“I was actually expecting it to be higher so I was quite happy when I was told the reserve … a lot of money has gone into these houses,” says Rachel.
Tyson had hoped to make enough to buy a guitar. He'd sold his to stay afloat. Today he got three offers of a new one from sympathetic viewers, as well as a free holiday.
The reserves were set well below the valuations, Even so, Christie was relieved they all sold.
But there's no chance of a consolation pay-out to Rachel and Tyson. Christie says that would be unfair on the other contestants.
“I think Rachel and Tyson will benefit, the world is a land of opportunity for them right now, if they're entrepreneurial they'd be going out there now,” she says.
One million viewers watched Libby and Ben Crawford win, and today they revealed their work wasn't as spontaneous as viewers might think.
“We are quite big planners, we had a bunch of ideas we hoped to bring to the house, all the timber features, open plan living,” says Ben.
The new owners of the house plan to turn it into an office, and the producers of the show have plans too - they're already looking for four houses for the next series of The Block NZ. They've got their eyes on a few and there's a good chance it'll be held in Auckland again.
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9/09/2012 3:08:24 p.m.
lauren krushka wrote:
i feel sad 4 tyson and rachel i want them to come 4 tea in swagat india in maungaraki where i live
9/09/2012 11:21:12 a.m.
i would like them to get money
9/09/2012 1:42:35 a.m.
I think it's up to each individual what they do with there own money .there are too many charities out there that just take do we see what happens to that money no .These guys where such genuine people ,they deserve some luck .THey certainly are not pathetic .I think you need to take a look at your self if you cannot help a person down on there luck .
9/09/2012 1:42:32 a.m.
Haha enjoyed the series and thought he was a great blokes and that she was a very nice girl. In the long run this is an awesome experience for you both and the future will see you both better off for it.
8/09/2012 10:50:02 a.m.
It is funny how many people are saying "why should we give them money" and that it is an unworthy cause. At the end of the day it is up to every individual to decide how to spend their money. I certainly don't want total strangers telling me what to do, who I should give money too and who I shouldn't! I know there are great charities out there who deserve sponsorship, and I give to them as well. But it comes down to the fact that people will support causes they feel strongly about and in this case Kiwi's feel like they know Tyson and Rachel and there aren't many New Zealander's who wouldn't dig deep to help out a mate. So stop turning such a special and precious thing (i.e. people caring about others) into such a negative situation. I thought Kiwi's were proud of being a generous bunch? Maybe not?
7/09/2012 8:39:02 p.m.
Pathetic story. Not news. And donations would be better channeled towards those in true need.
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