Big win, big cash, big change for ‘Gizzy Hard’

What's happening on The Block NZ?

What's happening on The Block NZ?

Five thousand dollars, a new home and one up on the young bucks . . . “Gizzy Hard” couple Amy Moore and Stu Watts are sitting on a pedestal looking down at the others after the opening room reveal on TV3 reality show The Block NZ.

“Not bad for a couple of old roosters,” said Stu, 46, referring to the fact he and Amy, 39, are the oldest couple in the history of the show, now into its seventh edition.

The Block brings together four teams, who are required to completely renovate four town houses on a block — the winners heading home with $100,000 and each team pocketing whatever their house makes over the reserve price when it is auctioned off at the end of the series.

The first room to be done up was the guest room.

Gisborne beauty therapist Amy and plumber Stu scored 17 out of a possible 20 for their room, which had to follow the brief “moody botanical”.

The scores were handed out by two judges, the identity of whom all four teams had no idea.

“Judge Judy?” Stu suggested.

“It won’t be Judge Judy,” an eye-rolling Amy replied.

The judges, in fact, are acclaimed interior designer Jason Bonham and Your Home and Garden magazine editor Kristina Rapley.

The room of Yellow Team’s Amy and Stu was judged first.

“They absolutely adored it,” show host Mark Richardson told the pair at room reveal.

“They thought it was ‘totally moody’ and nailed the brief.”

They were particularly impressed by the feature of the room — a navy blue wall on which they had hung an atmospheric piece of floral artwork Gisborne people might recognise.

It was done by Gisborne-based florist Holly Tong and photographer Runa Kuru Kristjonsdottir, whose work Volucris was recently selected as a finalist in a Venice-based contemporary art competition the Arte Laguna Prize.

“Overall it was a really good job — tidy, clean and smells good,” said Richardson.

“Well done team.”

Purple Team Chlo and Em were second, scoring 13.5 for their “peacock blue luxe”- themed room; Orange Team Agni and Claire were third on 13 for their “desert chic” room and Blue Team Tom and Ben were fourth on 10 for what turned out to be an overly-ambitious “coastal retreat”.

The Blue boys, not helped by sleeping through seven alarms on the last night, had won all three Block challenges so far but copped it from the judges, who described their finishing as “a disaster” and the style as “sterile” and “immature”.

For their winning efforts, Amy and Stu received $5000 to add to their budget.

More importantly, they got the chance to change houses.

And they took it, claiming the highly sought-after corner block house No.4 that Agni and Claire drew in the opening episode.

Agni offered them $5000 to stay where they were. Amy said “no deal”.

Richardson: “Want to bump it up?”

Stu: “Go on.”

Agni: “Nah.”

Richardson: “House No.4 on the corner of the block is now . . .”

Stu: “Gizzy.”

The Block continues tonight and after a few predominantly tame episodes, fireworks look set to go off.

Five thousand dollars, a new home and one up on the young bucks . . . “Gizzy Hard” couple Amy Moore and Stu Watts are sitting on a pedestal looking down at the others after the opening room reveal on TV3 reality show The Block NZ.

“Not bad for a couple of old roosters,” said Stu, 46, referring to the fact he and Amy, 39, are the oldest couple in the history of the show, now into its seventh edition.

The Block brings together four teams, who are required to completely renovate four town houses on a block — the winners heading home with $100,000 and each team pocketing whatever their house makes over the reserve price when it is auctioned off at the end of the series.

The first room to be done up was the guest room.

Gisborne beauty therapist Amy and plumber Stu scored 17 out of a possible 20 for their room, which had to follow the brief “moody botanical”.

The scores were handed out by two judges, the identity of whom all four teams had no idea.

“Judge Judy?” Stu suggested.

“It won’t be Judge Judy,” an eye-rolling Amy replied.

The judges, in fact, are acclaimed interior designer Jason Bonham and Your Home and Garden magazine editor Kristina Rapley.

The room of Yellow Team’s Amy and Stu was judged first.

“They absolutely adored it,” show host Mark Richardson told the pair at room reveal.

“They thought it was ‘totally moody’ and nailed the brief.”

They were particularly impressed by the feature of the room — a navy blue wall on which they had hung an atmospheric piece of floral artwork Gisborne people might recognise.

It was done by Gisborne-based florist Holly Tong and photographer Runa Kuru Kristjonsdottir, whose work Volucris was recently selected as a finalist in a Venice-based contemporary art competition the Arte Laguna Prize.

“Overall it was a really good job — tidy, clean and smells good,” said Richardson.

“Well done team.”

Purple Team Chlo and Em were second, scoring 13.5 for their “peacock blue luxe”- themed room; Orange Team Agni and Claire were third on 13 for their “desert chic” room and Blue Team Tom and Ben were fourth on 10 for what turned out to be an overly-ambitious “coastal retreat”.

The Blue boys, not helped by sleeping through seven alarms on the last night, had won all three Block challenges so far but copped it from the judges, who described their finishing as “a disaster” and the style as “sterile” and “immature”.

For their winning efforts, Amy and Stu received $5000 to add to their budget.

More importantly, they got the chance to change houses.

And they took it, claiming the highly sought-after corner block house No.4 that Agni and Claire drew in the opening episode.

Agni offered them $5000 to stay where they were. Amy said “no deal”.

Richardson: “Want to bump it up?”

Stu: “Go on.”

Agni: “Nah.”

Richardson: “House No.4 on the corner of the block is now . . .”

Stu: “Gizzy.”

The Block continues tonight and after a few predominantly tame episodes, fireworks look set to go off.

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