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Ber­nadette Mor­ri­son casts her crit­i­cal eye over the houses on The Block NZ.

Real es­tate agent Ber­nadette Mor­ri­son has a long as­so­ci­a­tion with The Block NZ.

Mor­ri­son, who is one of two judges on this sea­son’s show, where the houses are in the Auck­land sub­urb of North­cote, casts a crit­i­cal eye over the var­i­ous fin­ished rooms.

She says it is a priv­i­lege to be a judge on the ren­o­va­tion se­ries.

“It’s my sec­ond time judg­ing but I’ve ac­tu­ally been in­volved with The

Block right from day one,” she says. “For the first se­ries I was ac­tu­ally one of the agents sell­ing The Block. And when it was in Pt Che­va­lier we man­aged the team that was sell­ing them be­cause by then I had moved into man­age­ment and then, ob­vi­ously, for the fourth sea­son I got in­vited in to judge the vil­las and then I got in­vited back this time.”

Along with in­te­rior de­signer and fel­low judge Ja­son Bon­ham, Mor­ri­son, who has been in the prop­erty busi­ness for nearly 14 years, draws on her pro­fes­sional ex­pe­ri­ence when it comes to de­cid­ing which team ren­o­vated a par­tic­u­lar room or space the best.

“We try to be fair and ob­vi­ously we try to judge on the mer­its of A, the room, and B, the de­sign as well so we’ve got four houses that are very sim­i­lar.

“So what I’m look­ing for is prob­a­bly slightly dif­fer­ent to Ja­son in that I’m not only look­ing for the de­sign but I’m also look­ing for ... they’ve got to sell these houses, so are they think­ing about lay­out?

“Be­cause ob­vi­ously this year the teams have had the ca­pac­ity to change the lay­out they were given from the ar­chi­tects if they wanted to.

“So I’m look­ing at how ver­sa­tile the rooms are, how they lay them out, are they think­ing about fam­ily spa­ces, are they think­ing about ba­si­cally who is go­ing to buy the house and how that’s go­ing to ap­peal to a wider mar­ket? Ob­vi­ously the more peo­ple that like it, the higher the price should be on auc­tion day.”

The Block NZ judge Ber­nadette Mor­ri­son (pic­tured with Ja­son Bon­ham) talks about what she is look­ing for when she ap­praises rooms on the show. Sarah Nealon re­ports.

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