The Block NZ

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The Block NZ
GenreReality
Created byJulian Cress
David Barbour
Presented by
  • Mark Richardson[1] (2012 – present)
  • Shannon Ryan (2012–2014)
  • Shelley Ferguson (2015 – present)
Judges
  • Victoria Bidwell (2012)
  • Stewart Harris (2012)
  • Jeremy Hansen (2013)
  • Janice Kumar-Ward (2013)
  • Shelley Ferguson (2014)
  • Mark Gascoigne (2014)
  • Jason Bonham (2015, 2017 – 2018)
  • Bernadette Morrison (2015, 2017)
  • Fiona Mcleod (2016)
  • Paul Izzard (2016)
  • Kristina Rapley (2018)
Country of originNew Zealand
No. of seasons7
No. of episodes235 (as of 17 September 2017)
Production
Producer(s)Aaron Dolbel[2]
Production location(s)
Running time60 – 120 minutes
Production company(s)Warner Bros. International Television Production
Release
Original networkThree
Picture format
Original release4 July 2012 (2012-07-04) –
present
External links
Website

The Block NZ is a New Zealand reality show based on the popular Australian reality television series The Block. The first season premiered on Three on 4 July 2012.

The show is hosted by former Black Cap Mark Richardson and Shelley Ferguson,[1] while Peter Wolfkamp serves as site foreman. It follows four couples as they compete against each other to completely renovate, room by room, four neighbouring houses in Auckland,[5][6] and then sell them at auction. Each couple keeps any profit made on the house, and the winner receives a bonus cash sum.[6]

The current main sponsors are hardware chain PlaceMakers, car manufacturer Suzuki, Tower Insurance, and restaurant franchise McDonald's. Throughout seasons 1–2, car manufacturer Mazda was also a main sponsor, but for season 3, the sponsorship was awarded to car manufacturer Honda.[7] Other previous sponsors include Bunning's Warehouse BP's Wild Bean Cafe, AMI Insurance and Pita Pit.

The series premiered in Australia on 9Go! on 12 August 2012.

Development[edit]

The show was initially announced on 24 February 2012, when a casting call went out[8] and saw over 1,000 couples apply.[9] The four couples selected for the first season were announced on the official Facebook page on 17 June 2012.[10]

Differences from the Australian series[edit]

The series differs from the original Australian version in several ways. In the New Zealand version, the final contestants have been pre-determined by the show's producers. This contrasts to the Australian version, where the final couples are decided from a shortlist in an elimination week. In the New Zealand version, the show aired twice a week in the first season,[10] thrice a week in the second season,[citation needed] and four times a week in the third season,[citation needed] as opposed to the Australian show's Sunday to Thursday schedule. In all four seasons thus far, there are challenges to determine auction order rather than contestants deciding amongst themselves, or being randomly drawn out, and the final challenge winners never have an amount knocked off the original reserve price.

Hosts and judges[edit]

Timeline of hosts, judges and other personnel
Starring Season
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Current
Mark Richardson[1] Host
Shelley Ferguson[1][11] Judge Host
Jason Bonham[12][13] Judge Judge
Kristina Rapley Judge
Peter Wolfkamp[14] Site foreman
Former
Shannon Ryan[1] Host
Victoria Bidwell[15] Judge
Stewart Harris[15] Judge
Janice Kumar-Ward[16] Judge
Jeremy Hansen[16] Judge
Mark Gascoigne[11] Judge
Fiona McLeod Judge
Paul Izzard Judge
Bernadette Morrison[12][13] Judge Judge

Series overview[edit]

Season Title Location Episodes Originally aired Result
Season premiere Season finale People's Choice Award winner Winning team Winning profit (NZD) Total profit
1 The Block NZ Takapuna, Auckland 20 4 July 2012 (2012-07-04)[17] 6 September 2012 (2012-09-06) Not Awarded Libby & Ben Crawford $157,000 $237,000
2 The Block NZ 2013 Belmont, Auckland 31 26 August 2013 (2013-august-26) 4 November 2013 (2013-november-04) Pete & Andy Alice & Caleb Pearson $181,000 $261,000
3 The Block NZ 2014 Point Chevalier, Auckland 49 26 August 2014 (2014-august-26) 18 November 2014 (2014-november-18) Jo & Damo Alex & Corban Walls $227,000 $307,000
4 Villa Wars Sandringham and Three Kings, Auckland 40 29 September 2015 (2015-september-29) 6 December 2015 (2015-december-06) Cat & Jeremy Brooke Thompson & Mitch Davies $190,000 $290,000
5 Girls Vs. Boys Meadowbank, Auckland 46 29 May 2016 (2016-may-29) 14 August 2016 (2016-august-14) Dyls Cossey & Dylz Guitink Sam Cable & Emmett Vallender $380,000 $480,000
6 Side X Side Northcote, North Shore, Auckland 49 25 June 2017 (2017-june-25) 17 September 2017 (2017-september-17) Andy Murdie & Nate Ross Andy Murdie & Nate Ross $31,000 $131,000
7 On Point Hobsonville, Auckland 49 8 July 2018 (2018-July-08) 30 September 2018 Amy Moore & Stu Watts Amy Moore & Stu Watts $69,500 $169,500

Profits[edit]

Season No. of teams No. of properties sold at auction Winning Prize Average auction profit Combined auction profit1
1 2012 4 $80,000 $58,000 $232,000
2 2013 4 $74,750 $299,000
3 2014 4 $111,250 $445,000
4 2015 4 $100,000 $158,250 $633,000
5 2016 4 $245,250 $981,000
6 2017 4 $16,250 $65,000
7 2018 4 $51,362.50 $205,450
Overall combined profit $2,860,450
Including Prize Money ($640,000) $3,500,450
  • ^1 The combined auction profit excludes the winning prize money

Season synopses[edit]

Season 1[edit]

The first season of The Block NZ premiered on 4 July 2012 and ended on 6 September 2012. It was set in the Auckland suburb of Takapuna.

House Auction spot Couple Reserve Auction Result Profit Total Winnings Placing spot
1 4 Rachel & Tyson $789,000 $789,000 $0 $0 4th
2 2 Sarah & Rich $806,000 $870,000 $64,000 $64,000 2nd
3 1 Libby & Ben $804,000 $961,000 $157,000 $237,000 1st
4 3 Ginny & Rhys $794,000 $805,000 $11,000 $11,000 3rd

Season 2[edit]

The second season of The Block NZ premiered on 26 August 2013 and ended on 4 November 2013. It was set in the Auckland suburb of Belmont.

House Auction spot Couple Reserve Auction Result Profit Total Winnings Placing spot
1 3 Alice & Caleb $945,000 $1.126m $181,000 $260,000 1st
2 4 Alisa & Koan $948,000 $1.014m $66,000 $66,000 2nd
3 1 Pete & Andy $925,000 $952,000 $27,000 $27,000 3rd
4 2 Loz & Tom $922,000 $947,000 $25,000 $25,000 4th

Season 3[edit]

The third season of The Block NZ premiered on 26 August 2014 and ended on 18 November 2014. It was set in the Auckland suburb of Point Chevalier, the first time the Block was held outside of North Shore.

House Auction spot Couple Reserve Auction Result Profit Total Winnings Placing spot
1 3 Quinn & Ben $1.325m $1.335m $10,000 $10,000 4th
2 2 Maree & James $1.325m $1.472m $147,000 $147,000 2nd
3 1 Alex & Corban $1.325m $1.552m $227,000 $307,000 1st
4 4 Jo & Damo $1.325m $1.386m $61,000 $61,000 3rd

Season 4[edit]

The fourth season of The Block NZ premiered on 29 September 2015. It was set boundaries of the Auckland suburbs of Sandringham and Three Kings.[3] The title for season four was The Block NZ: Villa Wars.[18]

House Auction spot Couple Reserve Auction Result Profit Total Winnings Placing spot
1 3 Jamie & Hayden $1.175m $1.335m $160,000 $160,000 2nd (tie)
2 2 Sarah & Minanne $1.149m $1.272m $123,000 $123,000 4th
3 4 Cat & Jeremy $1.160m $1.320m $160,000 $160,000 2nd (tie)
4 1 Brooke & Mitch $1.160m $1.350m $190,000 $290,000 1st

Season 5[edit]

The fifth season of The Block NZ premiered on 29 May 2016 and was filmed in the Auckland suburb of Meadowbank.[19] The title of this series is "Girls vs Boys" with two of the teams being made up of females and the other two made up with males.[20]It had netted the highest combined profits of $981,000.[21]

House Auction spot Couple Reserve Auction Result Profit Total Winnings Placing spot
1 1 Niki & Tiff $1,170,000 $1,320,000 $150,000 $150,000 4th
2 3 Dyls & Dylz $1,190,000 $1,341,000 $151,000 $151,000 3rd
3 2 Courtney & Emma $1,210,000 $1,510,000 $300,000 $300,000 2nd
4 4 Sam & Emmett $1,230,000 $1,610,000 $380,000 $480,000 1st

Season 6[edit]

The sixth season premiered on 25 June 2017.[22] It was set in the Auckland suburbs of Northcote, North Shore.[23] The title of this series is "Side X Side", as each of the houses were large 4-storey townhouses the largest houses in terms of floor areas in the history of The Block NZ. It had netted the lowest combined profits ($65,000), and it also saw the first time a house did not meet reserve but got the highest bid on the re-sell.[21]

House Auction spot Couple Reserve Auction Result Profit Total Winnings Placing spot
1 1 Ling & Zing $1,299,000 $1,300,000 $1,000 $1,000 4th
2 2 & 5[a] Andy & Nate $1,219,000 $1,250,000 $31,000 $131,000 1st
3 3 Julia & Ali $1,229,000 $1,242,000 $13,000 $13,000 3rd
4 4 Stace & Yanita $1,251,000 $1,271,000 $20,000 $20,000 2nd

Season 7[edit]

The seventh season premiered on 8 July 2018. It was set in the Auckland suburb of Hobsonville. The title of this series is "On Point".

House Auction spot Couple Reserve Auction Result Profit Total Winnings Placing spot
1 2 Claire & Agni $920,000 $950,000 $30,000 $30,000 3rd
2 1 Ben & Tom $930,000 $987,000 $57,000 $57,000 2nd
3 4 Chlo & Em $910,000 $921,500 $11,500 $11,500 4th
4 3 Amy & Stu $940,000 $1,009,500 $69,500 $169,500 1st

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ House was passed in as the reserve was not met the first time, and then went back to auction after fourth auction was complete.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "The Block NZ's photo". Facebook.com. 20 May 2012. Retrieved 31 August 2014. Big news – the hosts of The Block NZ have been announced! We've got sports star turned broadcaster Mark Richardson as the show host and the gorgeous Shannon Ryan will join him as the challenge presenter. Bring It On![non-primary source needed]
  2. ^ Smithies, Grant (25 June 2017). "The Questionnaire: The Block NZ's Aaron Dolbel". i.stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 25 June 2017.
  3. ^ a b "The Block gears up for Auckland inner-city sites". The New Zealand Herald. 19 April 2015. Retrieved 19 April 2015.
  4. ^ http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/tv-radio/77144069/the-block-2016-the-secret-location-is-out
  5. ^ Hallahan, Marnie (31 May 2012). "Bargains on The Block". North Shore Times – via Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 31 August 2014.
  6. ^ a b "About The Block NZ". tv3.co.nz. Retrieved 31 August 2014.
  7. ^ Springall, Lesley. "The Block NZ – leveraged to perfection". Retrieved 21 October 2014.
  8. ^ "TV3's The Block searching for contestants". newshub.co.nz. 24 February 2012. Retrieved 30 October 2016.
  9. ^ "The Block NZ contestants revealed". 3news.co.nz. 21 June 2012. Retrieved 31 August 2014.
  10. ^ a b "The Block NZ photo". Facebook.com. 17 June 2012. Retrieved 31 August 2014. The Block has finally come NZ and we're thrilled to announce the teams! Meet Sarah & Rich from Hamilton, Libby & Ben from CHCH & AKL, Ginny & Rhys from New Plymouth and Rachel & Ty from Wellington! Who will nail it? The Block NZ, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4th July on TV3. C'Mon now![non-primary source needed]
  11. ^ a b "Meet the new Block NZ judges". Stuff.co.nz. 10 July 2014. Retrieved 23 August 2014.
  12. ^ a b http://www.tv3.co.nz/NEW-JUDGES-FOR-THE-BLOCK-NZ-VILLA-WARS/tabid/2983/articleID/117657/Default.aspx
  13. ^ a b http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/entertainment/2017/06/the-block-nz-2017-judges-revealed.html
  14. ^ http://www.tv3.co.nz/Interview-with-The-Block-NZ-Foreman/tabid/2986/articleID/77896/Default.aspx
  15. ^ a b "Lights, camera... DIY". 27 May 2012. Retrieved 31 August 2014.
  16. ^ a b "Q&A with The Block NZ Judges". tv3.co.nz. Retrieved 31 August 2014.
  17. ^ "The Block NZ contestants revealed". 3 News. 21 June 2012. Retrieved 17 August 2014.
  18. ^ "The Block NZ Villa Wars". 10 September 2015. Retrieved 24 August 2014.
  19. ^ "CONTESTANT SEARCH: The Block NZ 2016". tv3.co.nz. TV3. Retrieved 3 January 2016.
  20. ^ http://www.newshub.co.nz/entertainment/the-block-nz-girls-vs-boys-2016051506
  21. ^ a b "Social media lashes out at two attempts to sell winning Block house". The New Zealand Herald. 17 September 2017. ISSN 1170-0777. Retrieved 18 September 2017.
  22. ^ "The Block NZ's Mark Richardson reveals what's different about this year's show". i.stuff.co.nz. Stuff. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
  23. ^ "The Block NZ heads to the North Shore". newshub.co.nz. 11 June 2017. Retrieved 25 June 2017.

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