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The wait is over, as The Block NZ 2020 houses finally go to auction this weekend. Tara Ward has the details.
The Block NZ 2020 auctions are this Sunday night, but didn’t The Block NZ finish months ago?
Three’s popular renovation reality show finished its ninth season in September, just after New Zealand went into level four lockdown. The show’s four newly decorated townhouses were scheduled to be sold later that month, but due to Auckland’s ongoing Covid-19 restrictions, the auctions were postponed until this Sunday.
So the end is in sight for a season that began in March 2020 and was disrupted by two national lockdowns?
Exactly. The Block NZ contestants will finally see their finished Point Chevalier townhouses (reportedly the largest and most expensive in Block NZ history) go to auction. They left their families and jobs for months to work on a building site during a global pandemic, and they’re about to find out if it was worth it. On auction night, each team will keep whatever profit they make above their house reserve, while the team with the most profit wins an extra $100,000.
August feels like a lifetime away, so remind me who the contestants are.
The four teams consist of husband and wife Meg and Dan, brothers Dylan and Keegan, friends Connie and Rach, and pals Tim and Arty. Tim and Arty’s home was voted by the show’s three judges as the best house on The Block.
Does that mean Tim and Arty will win?
Anything can happen on auction night, and while it would be fair for the teams to be financially rewarded for their hard work, nothing is guaranteed. In 2016, Sam and Emmett became The Block NZ’s biggest winners with a whopping $480,000 profit, but in 2019, three teams walked away from the finale without making a single dollar. Also, let us never forget that dark night in 2017 when The Block famously shat itself.
What can we expect from the finale?
Nerves, tears and a whole lot of closure. Host Mark Richardson will be on-site at the Block houses, site foreman Peter “The Wolf” Wolfkamp and challenge host Shelley Ferguson will hopefully pop by, and the teams will report in from their hometowns around the country. Best of all, there’ll be time for a look back on the longest season in Block NZ history and all the drama that took place.
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