IT'S AUCTION TIME!
Woman’s Day Magazine NZ|November 15 2021
The show’s longest ever season is finally set for a dramatic end
Florence Hartigan

Meg & Dan ‘ANYONE COULD WIN!’

When it comes to The Block NZ, Team Orange’s Meg Stallard and Dan Leen are used to being patient. Alongside their castmates, the Rangiora husband-andwife have weathered a production shutdown, injuries and now the postponement of the Three show’s final auction due to COVID-19. “We’ve gotten really good at being in limbo!” smiles Meg, 39.

But now the final chapter in the couple’s Block adventure is right around the corner, with all four Point Chevalier properties set to go under the hammer on Sunday, November 14, with the winning team taking home an extra $100k.

“Now that it’s happening, I’ve got a feeling between excitement and nerves,” tells Dan, 46, who says he’d be hard-pressed to predict a winner. “We’ve given ourselves every opportunity to win, but I think all the teams have. Everyone’s put in 110%.”

While they waited for the auction, the construction company owners have kept themselves busy with work and a new hobby – homesteading – with a goal of making their house self-sufficient within the next five years.

“We’ve got solar power being installed shortly,” tells Dan. “We have fruit trees and farm animals, and we’re working on various ways of collecting water. The vege garden will be the final piece of the puzzle.”

Meg adds, “It’s a heap of work, but it brings us so much joy. I love figuring out how to make homemade versions of what we buy from the supermarket, so we only need to go there for toothpaste and soap!”

Learning by trial and error has meant a few less-than-perfect outcomes. Meg confesses, “My banana chips, despite 12 hours in the dehydrator, just never really work out.” But mistakes add to the richness of the whole experience.

“The thing I enjoy the most about what we’re doing is that continual learning,” explains Dan. “We try something and it doesn’t quite work, then we try it again and it works better.”

“That was our experience of The Block as well,” adds Meg. “The highlight for us was those little individual experiences and the learning that we got from those. That’s really our currency in life.”

Dylan & Keegan ‘SHOW US THE MONEY!’

The chalk-and-cheese brothers of Team Yellow entered The Block as a bonding experience, but with Auckland-based Dylan Crawford in lockdown and his lil’ bro Keegan home in Greymouth, it’s been a while since the siblings have been face to face.

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