For the past few months, this fabulous foursome has been swinging hammers, slapping on paint, styling up a storm and blowing budgets on The Block NZ: Girls vs Boys all in the lead up to this time next week: the live auction!
In the nerve-wracking lead up, the girls – Blue Team’s Courtney MacKay and Emma Diamond along with Team Yellow’s Tiffany Mair and Niki Osborne – reflect on what they have accomplished to get to this point.
“We had no prior building experience coming on to the show,” says Emma, laughing. “We didn’t even know how long painting takes! Who knew you have different paint for walls, skirting boards, bathrooms and the ceiling? It was a learning curve for us.”
Dunedin-based flatmates Emma, 27, and Courtney, 25, had only ever picked up a hammer and drill before starring on the TV3 reality show, but the tough-as-nails chicks soon learned to love the heavy lifting that came with restoring their Auckland do-up.
The same goes for forensic scientist Niki, 29, who also had zero renovation experience. “I love the manual-labour side of things and just getting stuck in,” enthuses the Cantabrian. “There is a real sense of achievement at the end of each day when you can step back and think, ‘Hey, I was a part of that.’”
So after the auction on Sunday 14, August, will the budding builders hang up their tool belts for good?
Laughing as she talks about her fiancé, Highlanders player Joe Wheeler, Courtney tells, “Joe’s already joked to me, ‘When you get back home, you and Em can paint the outside of our house.’ I’m like, ‘In your dreams – we’ll be hiring someone to do that!’”
Emma adds, “I would love to build my own place now, but I’d need more time!”
As for Niki, she’s got land in Dunedin all ready to go; all she needs now is a support crew. She laughs, “I will definitely be hands-on for that one and I’ll call Tiff in too – if I can afford her!”
See more photos from our shoot here
The Block NZ: Girls vs Boys airs Sundays at 7pm, and Mondays-Wednesdays from 7.30pm on TV3. Look out for Block Unlocked on Thursday at 7.30pm this week, and tune in on Sunday, August 14 at 7pm for the Live Auction Grand Finale.
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