'I think it was a roaring success' - The Block NZ host Mark Richardson

The Block NZ host Mark Richardson insists the show was still successful despite Sunday night's finale seeing three teams miss out on a profit.

One team failed to meet reserve at auction for their apartment during Sunday night's auction, and only two homes sold. A third sold after the show went off-air, at the reserve price. 

Lisa and Ribz were the shock winners of the auction, making $50,000 - the only team to make a profit.

Richardson said it was still a successful show.

"As a TV show, I think it was a roaring success.

"I don't think you should judge it on what happens in the auction room.

"We had great storylines, it was watched by a lot of New Zealanders who got a lot of enjoyment out of it, so there's no reason why we don't continue with this entertainment," he told The AM Show.

Richardson praised the season's contestants, saying they entered the competition with their eyes wide open.

The Block NZ 2019 contestants.
The Block NZ 2019 contestants. Photo credit: MediaWorks

"They [the contestants] were disappointed, but I would say philosophical," he said.

"We just hope that next season we have a better result for all."

Next year would see The Block NZ reach a record 10th season.

The auction results were as follows: 

  • Lisa & Ribz: $1,340,000, which was $50,000 above reserve
  • Ethan & Sam: $1,390,000, which was the reserve
  • Stacy & Adam: $1,480,000, sold by negotiation after the auction
  • Sophia & Mikaere: Failed to meet reserve at auction

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