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