Life af­ter ‘The Block’

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They earned enough cash for a de­posit on a home but for­mer Mata­mata man Richard Boobyer and his part­ner Sarah Adams couldn’t take out The Block se­ries fi­nale that screened live on TV3 last week.

The cou­ple watched ner­vously as their ‘‘ weath­er­board win­ner’’ on Taka­puna’s Anzac St – a wreck of a house they sweated and fret­ted over to turn into a nearly $1 mil­lion home – was auc­tioned off.

Bid­ding started out slow at $600,000.

But it heated up and raced to­ward the pre­vi­ous sell­ing price of $956,000, but ran out of puff and stopped at $870,000.

The cou­ple still pock­eted the $64,000 that was paid above the re­serve price. They were ‘‘stoked’’ too.

‘‘This is just in­sane,’’ Ms Adams, 21, said in the post auc­tion in­ter­view.

‘‘We were just hop­ing for a de­posit on a house and for Hamil­ton I think we’ve done that.’’

‘‘We’re stoked,’’ Mr Boobyer, 24, said.

Speak­ing be­fore the auc­tion, Ms Adams said they had a few ‘‘vague ideas’’ about how they planned to spend their wind­fall.

‘‘But we are just go­ing to cross that bridge when we come to it,’’ she said.

‘‘I have a great job with Waikato Rugby and I will def­i­nitely be hang­ing around to see that one out.

‘‘But we will be stay­ing in the area for the next sort of while any­way.’’

The cou­ple said they had en­joyed tak­ing part in the show, but said there were draw­backs.

‘‘I loved the ren­o­va­tion side of it, but ob­vi­ously the time pres­sures is what cre­ates a good drama for TV,’’ Mr Boobyer said.

Miss Adams said it was ‘‘scary’’ how fast the cam­eras be­came nor­mal life.

‘‘For my­self, it only took half a day to get used to them.

‘‘I think the whole thing was re­ally quite en­joy­able, we had a lot of re­ally good times.

‘‘It was def­i­nitely sad to have the ac­tual Block ren­o­va­tion fin­ish but it was a re­lief in a way when it ended.

‘‘I think we strug­gled with it on the first week. We came into it with a gen­uine, prob­a­bly naive be­lief that the whole fo­cus was to build a house and that was go­ing to be what the fo­cus was on ev­ery­thing we did.

‘‘We all quickly learnt that we were mak­ing a tele­vi­sion show and ev­ery­one was do­ing it for the first time so you had to learn to be­come re­ally flex­i­ble.’’

And will they stay friends with the other three cou­ples?

‘‘We are pretty close now, over the past cou­ple of weeks we have got­ten closer,’’ Mr Boobyer said.

‘‘ We are def­i­nitely go­ing to be bonded for life. Ev­ery­one has got­ten over the slight lit­tle dra­mas that hap­pened at the start of the show.’’

Photo: PETER DRURY/WAIKATO TIMES

Stoked: For­mer Mata­mata man Richard Boobyer and his part­ner Sarah Adams on The Block tele­vi­sion se­ries.

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