Fans flock to The Block

Central Leader - - LIFESTYLE & LEISURE - ASH­LEY ROPATI

Fans of The Block NZ de­scended on Mead­ow­bank on Satur­day morn­ing, to sneak a peek in­side the made-for-TV homes.

TV3 said fans had been lin­ing up since 4am, in the hopes of avoid­ing the lengthy queues.

How­ever de­spite their pa­tience, fans were told they’d only be able to take a look down­stairs, with the broad­caster Me­di­aWorks say­ing it would be too dif­fi­cult to show­case up­stairs.

Auck­land mother-of-two Ivy Bright, said she was ‘‘re­ally im­pressed’’ with Niki and Tiff’s three bed­room town­house.

De­spite the chilly weather, a TV3 spokesper­son said they were ‘‘de­lighted’’ with the morn­ing’s turnout. ’’Ev­ery­one is en­joy­ing see­ing the houses and meet­ing the teams and the odd shower has not de­terred the fans,’’ she said.

By 11.30am, ‘‘thou­sands of fans’’ had al­ready been through the town­houses the spokesper­son said. By midday, the 1 kilo­me­tre- long queue snaked down St Johns Road, with fans still pa­tiently wait­ing in the cold to have look in­side the homes.

Af­ter 10 weeks of DIY chal­lenges and build­ing ren­o­va­tions, this sea­son’s crop of Block NZ con­tes­tants were all back on site and out in full force, pos­ing for fan pho­tos and sign­ing au­to­graphs. The keen view­ers ex­pe­ri­enced site en­ter­tain­ment in­clud­ing games, prizes, team au­to­graphs, food trucks, mu­sic and spon­sored goodie bags.

PETER MEECHAM

Queues for the open homes stretched around the block.

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