The Block moves into town

Central Leader - - NEWS - By PAUL EASTON

Two derelict houses have landed on a muddy sec­tion in San­dring­ham, herald­ing the im­mi­nent ar­rival of TV show The Block NZ’s fourth sea­son.

Two wooden bun­ga­lows were brought on to the site on June 5, with an­other two ex­pected to ar­rive soon.

One was a cream and blue bun­ga­low that had clearly seen bet­ter days, though it did have an or­nate glass win­dow in its front door.

The sec­ond prop­erty – a white wooden abode – ar­rived in two large sec­tions.

The site on the cor­ner of Haig Ave and Ren­frew Ave at­tracted the at­ten­tion of cu­ri­ous res­i­dents, with many slow­ing down to take a peek.

The third sea­son of The Block, filmed in Pt Che­va­lier last year, drew a raft com­plaints to the coun­cil.

How­ever those spo­ken to on Fri­day were re­laxed about their new neigh­bours.

‘‘We’re far enough away for it not to be a ma­jor con­cern, so for us it’s ex­cit­ing,’’ res­i­dent Clare Hilsz says.

‘‘As an avid viewer I’ll be down a fair bit.’’

Hilsz says some di­rect neigh­bours might be con­cerned about the large trucks on the street.

How­ever a di­rect neigh­bour, An­drea, says she has no con­cerns.

‘‘They’ve kept us fully in­formed and I’m re­ally happy. It might be loud at times but it’s only for a short time.’’

Res­i­dents Jenny and Dave Poole also said they were not wor­ried by the prospect of the high-pro­file se­ries com­ing to their street. ‘‘It’s been no prob­lem at all.’’ The 773 square me­tre sec­tion was re­cently sold through Bar­foot & Thomp­son and had a house which has since been knocked down. Its most re­cent land value was as­sessed at $950,000.

The third sea­son late last year in Pt Che­va­lier was won by Alex and Cor­ban Walls with an auc­tion profit of $307,000.


Houses are moved on to a San­dring­ham sec­tion for the next se­ries of The Block NZ.

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