By Adrienne Kohler
After ten weeks, and a mammoth amount of
smashing, digging and painting, The Block NZ is done and dusted. Firstly, a big
congratulations to Libby and Ben. From the get-go, it was obvious they were the
team to beat, but I wanted everyone else to win too! The difficulty I have
found writing this blog is that all eight contestants are really nice. Sure,
they had their quirks and cranky moments, but overall they were quite simply
lovely people. How they got their backyards finished in time is beyond me - it
was a herculean effort. On the open day I went to, the places looked amazing.
I’m sure on closer inspection the faults would have been there, but each had
its own identify and feel – not the cookie cutter show homes that are so often
The auction was nerve-wracking as Libby and
Ben went so well to begin with and then for the rest the numbers fell and fell
and fell. I felt like crying when Rachel and Tyson didn’t make more than
reserve. I know it’s silly, for a whole world of reasons – it’s just a reality
show, it’s only money, other people need it more etc., etc. But I think where
this particular show has succeeded is that the teams are real people, living
real lives and it was easy to become emotionally engaged with their adventure.
And it has been adventure. There are couple types of fun - type one: fun at the
time and fun afterwards. Type two is crap at the time but fun in retrospect –
and I think it will fall into this category for the contestants.
The things I’ll miss: Rachel veering
between bolshie and hippy, Tyson’s comments- Hansel and Gretel, and designers who wear socks with sandals! Ginny
and Rhys bickering away like a couple of chickens cackling in the barnyard and
then achieving amazing results. Sarah and Richard’s dinner wars and then taking
it on the chin when it rebounded on them. Libby and Ben’s competitiveness, especially
Ben’s expressions when he thinks they should have won.
The water pipe assembly challenge was the
outstanding entertainment, although the very last challenge when Sarah and
Richard realised Rachel and Tyson were going to do the wallpapering was up
there for sheer entertainment value. Sarah reminded me of a cat that is sitting
quietly, but the swishing tail shows it’s not happy at all!
My favourite rooms are Rachel and Tyson’s
dining room, Ginny and Rhys’s kitchen, Sarah and Richard’s backyard and Libby
and Bens’ lounge and bathroom. So could you assemble them all in one house for
My favourite moment of the last ten weeks,
and I hope was for the teams as well, was going through the houses and being so
impressed at the final result – these guys really put their hearts and souls
into this competition. It’s been a great journey.