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Contestants Revealed, Countdown to the Block NZ Begins

Contestants Revealed, Countdown to the Block NZ Begins

The four teams competing in season two of TV3’s hit renovation-reality show The Block NZ have been revealed.

• ALISA & KOAN: Auckland couple Alisa Keall-Grant (23), who is a public relations consultant, and animal wrangler Koan Vette (25).
• PETE & ANDY: Rangitikei-born brothers, Pete (26) and Andy Walker (23), who currently work on a family farm at the bottom of the South Island in the Catlins.
• ALICE & CALEB: Married couple, youth worker Alice Pearson (26) and project manager husband Caleb Pearson (26) from Auckland.
• LOZ & TOM: And Nelson couple, Loz (29) and Tom Heaphy (31), who both work in marketing.

MediaWorks TV Head of Factual Production, Sue Woodfield says the producers were overwhelmed by the number of people who applied to take part this year, and amazed at the calibre of the applicants.

“We thought we were spoilt for choice last year, but over 2000 couples applied for this season,” she says.  “It just goes to show how much Kiwis love DIY and how much they have embraced The Block NZ.

“In general this year's teams are more experienced at DIY, but that doesn't mean they'll find it any easier. There's a huge amount at stake for them all and they're all very determined."

The first local version of The Block NZ turned New Zealand into a nation of block-o-holics, and contestants Libby & Ben, Sarah & Richard, Ginny & Rhys, and Rachel & Tyson, into household names.

Series two will again be hosted by Mark Richardson with Shannon Ryan as the challenge host, putting this year’s four teams to the test as they compete to renovate four run-down houses in an upmarket suburb.

Room-by-room, week-by-week, they'll fix up the entire house with one goal: to sell it at auction for the highest price.    Taking leave from their jobs and lives, the teams will live in the houses while they do them up, which means no kitchen, no bathroom, not even a clean place to sleep, until each room has been renovated.

The commitment required is immense and the stakes are high!  Each team will keep the profit from the sale of their own property on auction night.  And after the last auctioneer’s gavel goes down the team whose property sells for the most over reserve are named the winners of The Block NZ, and win an additional $80,000.

The Block is one of the biggest reality formats in the world, with a compelling blend of real estate dreams and high-stakes drama that has made it a global phenomenon.  The New Zealand series is produced by Eyeworks Television for TV3.  Foundation partners are Bunnings Warehouse, Kiwibank, Mazda and Wild Bean Cafe.

The Block NZ is coming soon to TV3.


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