The Block was always real estate porn – good riddance

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The Block NZ cancelled as homes near completion

Just as four townhouses in Browns Bay are readied for contestants on The Block NZ, Warner Bros Discovery has cancelled the 11th season of the show and intends to sell off the houses.

Speculation had been rife that the show would not go ahead this year due to cost cutting by the company, which has already scrapped The AM Show and The Project and announced plans to scrap Newshub – a new TV news service will be provided by Stuff from July 6, 2024.

A spokesperson from Warner Bros Discovery said today: “When we announced our business restructure earlier this year, we indicated that WBD would no longer make fully funded local shows, which includes The Block NZ. Existing sponsors had been told that we would contact them if the show was going ahead, and they would have first right of renewal.”

Is it just me or did The Block manage to sum up everything that is wrong about our culture and economy?

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I like that The Block has ended, not as a personal attack on these grasping desperate teams, they are just a symptom of the problem, but the whole concept is disgusting and perverse and I for one love that it failed!

Fetishised property speculation porn as mass entertainment in a country of homelessness & poverty.

I wonder if State House tenants tuned in? The auction will be the closest they ever get to home ownership.

It’s as equally harrowing as the thought of all those hungry children watching MasterChef or MKR.

I wonder if those hungry children lick the TV screens?

Property speculation in this country and the way homes have been commodified into an asset base rather than homes is one of the greatest generational robberies ever committed in this country.

 

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15 COMMENTS

  1. Yeah, but just how bad is the economy when you can’t even profit from White People Renovating Houses?

  2. The economy is so dire they knew at the end of the season there would be no profit. A dollar loss is not in in the script.

    They are protecting the brand for a refurbishment in the next boom.

  3. Restoring a healthy economy from which everyone benefits is the obvious solution.The Labour Government of 6 years had New Zealand on its knees only now with the Coalition Government is there hope,help at hand.

    • Please explain how an economy based on real estate works when the Reserve Bank Governor racks interest rates to a minimum of 7percent and crashes construction demand by 40%.

      First home buyers who never become first home owners.

      Aussie banks being allowed to tax every man woman and child $450 per year.

      A food supply duopoly, with at least 10 supermarket owners in the top 100 of the NBR Rich List.

      Petrol at $3 a litre.

      And a government further indebting the nation to give tax breaks to their mates.

      No hope, no help at hand.

        • Particularly when his comment has nothing to do with the column at hand.
          He confirms he is simply a troll and not a very bright one at that. The only helping hand he gets, is , well, the one he has a wee with.

          • Bob1st is a fisherman – he drops his flies in and waits for the fish to bite, see above.

            • Rather like that Greywarbler and you are for the most part correct.
              Explaining economics to the likes of NSC and Wheel is as futile as teaching a butterfly to swim under water.

  4. ” Fetishised property speculation porn as mass entertainment in a country of homelessness & poverty.

    I wonder if State House tenants tuned in? The auction will be the closest they ever get to home ownership.

    It’s as equally harrowing as the thought of all those hungry children watching MasterChef or MKR.

    I wonder if those hungry children lick the TV screens? ”

    Succinct as ever Bomber.

    As for the TV most kids don’t watch it. Its their tablet , monitor or phone paid for by the parents that can afford it.

  5. With hyper woke safety regulations, and bloodthirsty compliance bureaucrats from wellington, nobody is allowed to do anything anymore for fear of going to jail. “Guilty of hammering in a nail.” So that reduces the contestants to arguing about tiles colours and maybe painting a wall. It got boring long long ago.

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