The Block NZ: the Covid-19 casts a shadow on the construction site


NOTICE: With the recent news about Sydney, Wellington and Te Papa and a few planes, it makes perfect sense that The New Zealand Block can be added to this week’s list of places where Covid has stretched out its dirty little arms. Kind of.

Whaaaaat? Sorry, sorry, of course we have to remember that those first few weeks of The New Zealand Block are an absolute time machine, filmed before we even knew what a lockdown was. But time has caught up with our budding builders, with the news that New Zealand is set to change forever.

Foreman Peter Wolfkamp has only been back for a few days, before having to deliver the news of the Covid-19.

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Foreman Peter Wolfkamp has only been back for a few days, before having to deliver the news of the Covid-19.

So we are in… March 2020? March 19, to be precise. With two days left before the country first enters Alert Level 2, 20 cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in the country, and Wolfie is telling teams to wash their hands, avoid hug your tradies and be honest if you are sick.

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Ooof, like a throwback to a simpler time. Or, uh, now if you live in Wellington. Exactly. It’s kind of weird to see this unfold, when you know, they don’t know, that soon everyone will know, that the world is about to change and New Zealand is about to change. hibernate for almost two months.

It makes bananas. When Meg and Dan say, from their busy bubble Block, “we don’t know, we don’t have time to read the news”, it’s so hard to remember a time when we could actually say that about Covid- 19.

Concerned Competitors Tim, Arty, Janah learn handwashing, bubbles and number control on the spot.

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Competitors worried Tim, Arty, Janah as they learn about handwashing, bubbles and number limiting on the spot.

How do teams react to the fact that they have to get really friendly with the hand sanitizer, but not so friendly with their, good friends? First of all, with a two-man game between Rach and Janah, very well rehearsed “gosh, isn’t it good that the bosses are taking care of us”. Then thoughts turn to the families and children at home, which must have been heartbreaking for parents Meg, Dan, Rach and Janah. Tim then decides that awkward eye contact will replace his daily hugs with his builder. So you know, light and shadow.

Tim and his beloved builder stand 2m apart under covid restrictions.  Safety first.

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Tim and his beloved builder stand 2m apart under covid restrictions. Safety first.

What will happen next? What’s strange about this situation is that we know exactly how it’s going to play out. In less than a week, New Zealand will essentially shut down. Which means The Block NZ will also close. And what happens after that is to be guessed. (Spoiler: This is not a guess. They come back, finish the houses and probably make quite a bit of money because Covid-19 meant everyone came home and wanted to buy a house … so one more house. times, light and shadow.)


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