Monday 17 November 2014 09:46.

Alex and Corban win TV3's The Block NZ and $307,000 Jo and Damo take home The People's Choice Award

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After a nail-biting auction televised LIVE on TV3 tonight, Auckland couple Alex and Corban Wells have been crowned the 2014 winners of The Block NZ, taking home a life-changing prize of $307,000

Twelve weeks of renovation, relationship drama and top ratings paid off for the team when the 2014 series of The Block NZ culminated in tonight‟s two-hour finale which saw the four properties located in Newell Street, Point Chevalier, Auckland auctioned by Bayleys, with all four of the houses selling.

“It feels absolutely surreal,” says Alex. “We didn't come on here to win, we came on here to do our best and so to come away with a win is mind-blowing. It's a really humbling experience being in this position and we have enjoyed spending every moment with our Block family.”

Fellow contestants Quinn and Ben, Maree and James and Jo and Damo were on tenterhooks during the auction as each of the houses went under the hammer.

At the end of the night the house renovated by Alex and Corban sold for $1,552,000 making them the team with the highest profit. Under the rules of the competition, all contestants keep their profit over reserve. Alex and Corban took away $227,000 plus the series winner‟s additional $80,000 cash prize, giving them a total prize of $307,000.

Fielding team Jo and Damo Neal were named the winners of the People‟s Choice Award, decided by public vote, and will take home a brand new Honda CRV Sport.

“We‟re so ecstatic, it‟s a real privilege and honour to win this award,” says Jo. “Thanks so much to everyone for all the support along the way.”

Damo adds, “Winning this car is such a bonus for us, we really appreciate everyone backing us.”

In a surprise twist as tonight‟s programme drew to a close, Alex and Corban announced they would gift $30,000 of their prize money to fellow contestants, Quinn and Ben, who had won $10,000 from the sale of their property in tonight‟s auction, giving the Christchurch couple a total of $40,000.

“We decided you never let your friends go without,” says Corban. “And when you know they have put in the same amount of effort as us, we feel like they deserve it.”

Quinn says, “When they first offered it I was like „no way you don't need to do that‟.”

Ben added, “How do you accept a $30,000 gift from someone you have only known for three months? You graciously accept and say thank you and promise that it is going to go towards giving our baby an amazing life.”

Mark Caulton, MediaWorks TV Director of Programming says the finale was a fitting end to a hugely successful third series.

“On behalf of everyone at MediaWorks I‟d like to congratulate Alex and Corban on their well-deserved win and to also acknowledge Maree and James, Quinn and Ben and Jo and Damo who were all integral to making this series a huge success.

“This season of The Block NZ has been must-see television for Kiwi audiences, who have really got behind all four teams as they took on the country‟s biggest renovation challenge and demonstrated incredible ingenuity, creativity and hard graft to produce four top-quality family homes.

“For the third consecutive year The Block NZ has been one of the most watched, most talked-about series on television, engaging and entertaining audiences across the country and making household names of the contestants.”

The 2014 season of The Block NZ is the most popular so far with more than 3 million Kiwis tuning in to the hit series and record numbers watching via TV3‟s ondemand service 3NOW.

The Block NZ 2014 property sale details:

Property Couple Reserve Sale Price
26A Newell Street Quinn and Ben (House 1) $1,325,000 $1,335,000
26 Newell Street Maree and James (House 2) $1,325,000 $1,472,000
28 Newell Street Alex and Corban (House 3) $1,325,000 $1,552,000
28A Newell Street Jo and Damo (House 4) $1,325,000 $1,386,000

The Block NZ is produced by Eyeworks Television for TV3. Broadcast sponsor is Bunnings Warehouse, with programme partners Kiwibank, Honda and Wild Bean Cafe.

MediaWorks is New Zealand’s largest independent broadcaster, reaching 3.8 million Kiwis through its TV, Radio and Digital platforms. The company owns and operates television channels TV3, FOUR and The Edge TV; radio brands The Edge, The Rock, More FM, The Breeze, The Sound, Mai FM, George FM, Kiwi FM, LiveSPORT and RadioLIVE; a network of websites including and 3NOW, and a family of mobile and tablet apps. MediaWorks’ entertainment and news brands and people are household names, with loyal, highly engaged audiences.

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