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The world’s toughest game returns to TVNZ 2 with a fresh batch of Kiwi castaways ready to take battle in the ultimate test of endurance, strength and strategy – Survivor New Zealand.

The 18 competitive castaways, hailing from all across Aotearoa and from all walks of life, will spend up to 40 days marooned on a deserted, rugged and unforgiving island in Thailand in a bid to take home the title of Sole Survivor and the life-changing prize of $250,000.

Adam, 28, Self-Employed, Auckland
Arun, 30, Dairy Farmer, Waikato
Brad, 27, School Teacher, Nelson
Dave, 26, Clinical Pharmacist, Auckland
Dylan, 26, Retail Manager, Whangarei
Eve, 26, Hiking Guide, Auckland
Franky, 24, Journalist, Auckland – The ZM Wildcard
Josefien, 23, Audio Post Producer, Blenheim
Josh, 28, Chartered Accountant, New Plymouth
JT, 32, Project Manager, Manawatū
Karla, 37, Reporter, Palmerston North
Kaysha, 24, Social Worker, Horowhenua – The Hits Wildcard
Liam, 23, Videographer, Tauranga
Lisa, 38, School Librarian, Christchurch
Matt, 25, Rocket Technician, Auckland
Renee, 28, Real Estate Agent, Auckland
Tara, 44, Full-time Mum, Hamilton
Tess, 24, Office Manager, Christchurch

Stripped of basic needs and comforts, castaways must endure the brutal tropical climate as they compete in physically demanding challenges while navigating their way through the ruthless social game that will push their mind, bodies and moral compasses to breaking point.

Each week, castaways compete in Reward and Immunity Challenges, with weekly eliminations by vote at Tribal Council, until there is only one ‘Sole Survivor’.

With hidden Immunity Idols in play, bigger challenges, no Redemption Island to get back in the game, and more twists than ever before – the world’s toughest game, just got tougher.

Survivors ready!…Are you?

Survivor New Zealand season 2 airs Sundays at 7pm from 22 April on TVNZ 2 or live-streamed at Missed an episode? Catch up on all the twists and turns on TVNZ OnDemand.

Survivor New Zealand is back for its second season, this time with 18 contestants battling it out in Thailand over 40 days for $250,000.


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Name: Adam Hometown: Auckland  Age: 28 Occupation: Self Employed

With a larger than life personality, Adam is a self-described ‘sassy guy’, who is not afraid to say what he thinks.

A lover of Survivor villains, Adam watched the first season with his brother and couldn’t pass up the opportunity to be on season two.  Barb is his favourite castaway from the season one.

Survivor New Zealand won’t be the first time Adam has graced television screens, he was a competitor on X Factor Australia in 2013.


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Name: Arun Hometown: Hamilton Age: 30 Occupation: Dairy Farmer

With a family and two young children back home in Hamilton supporting him, Arun is excited to take on Survivor New Zealand.

Working on the family farm he grew up on in the Waikato, Arun is proud to be 3rd generation dairy farmer and is hoping the manual labour he completes on the farm will help him out in the physical challenges.


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Name: Brad Hometown: Nelson Age: 27 Occupation: Teacher

Brad loves everything Survivor encompasses; conflict, challenges, being in survival mode and the tough environment. He spent most of his childhood in the outdoors climbing mountains, making rafts to float down rivers, hunting, and doing all things ‘Bear Grylls’.

Being a Secondary School Teacher, Brad is hoping his skills at conflict resolution will help him with any issues that come up within his tribe!


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Name: Dave Hometown: Auckland Age: 26

While filming, Dave will turn 26 on the island, but he definitely can’t expect a cake!

Dave is extremely competitive with an impressive sporting background including representing Otago in rugby league while at university studying. He’s hoping this will help when it comes to the physical challenges.

When it comes to surviving on the island, Dave is a little worried about mozzie bites, they love him, but the feeling is definitely not mutual.


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Name: Dylan Hometown: Whangarei  Age: 26 Occupation: Retail Manager

Dylan is the ultimate Survivor super-fan. He co-hosted a dedicated Survivor New Zealandpodcast for the first season. Before Survivor came to New Zealand last year, he even applied for US residency to try and get on the American version!

When it comes to his ability to source food, Dylan isn’t sure how he will go in the wild, he is too used to living in Auckland, ordering UberEATS and staying in Airbnb’s when on holiday! 


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Name: Eve Hometown: Auckland  Age: 26 Occupation: Hiking Guide

Eve is part of triplet with two sisters, so definitely knows how to solve conflicts and battle it out – she’s had to since being in the womb!

Not one to back down from a challenge, Eve backpacked solo around the world and has already been to 22 countries.

While overseas she did a lot of volunteer work, including helping out at animal shelters in South Africa, supporting medical campaigns in Peru and teaching in Thailand.


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Name: ‘Franky’ Francesca Hometown: Auckland Age: 24 Occupation: Journalist

Franky is out to prove that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover.

Referring to judgemental people as “battlers” Franky said she’s already faced one of her biggest fears, allowing other people to base their opinion of her from the internet when she entered and won the public’s vote as the ZM Wildcard.


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Name: Josefien  Hometown: Blenheim Age: 23 Occupation: Audio Post Producer

Originally from The Netherlands, Josefien moved over to New Zealand with her family when she was young. Growing up on a rural farm in Marlborough, Josefien isn’t afraid of the outdoors or getting dirty when it comes to the challenges.

With a law degree, Josefien is hoping to be able to use this to ‘read’ people when making alliances. Going in playing the game with the same passion, resilience, integrity and grits she tackles all other challenges in my life with, Josefien is hoping to walk away with the title of Sole Survivor.


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Name: Josh   Hometown: New Plymouth  Age: 28 Occupation: Chartered Accountant

Josh watched season one of Survivor New Zealand while getting radiation treatment for cancer in 2017, it was then he decided he was going to be a castaway for season two. Now in remission, Josh said applying for season two felt like giving cancer a big middle finger. Why should anyone let such a nasty disease control and dictate their life?

Josh has made it very clear – he isn’t here for the money, his competitive nature only wants one thing – the title of Sole Survivor.



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Name: JT Hometown: Ashurst, Manawatu  Age: 32 Occupation: Project Manager

Having openly admitted to wanting to become the second (and top) notable figure on the Ashhurst Wikipedia page, JT is described by friends as a “cantankerous nerd who loves to vacuum.”

The ultimate super fan of Survivor, JT has wanted to play ever since watching the first US season back in 2000, with his wife encouraging him to sign up for season two of the local version.

Instead of training to get ready to take on the ultimate survival game, JT prioritised getting customised hats made rather than learning to make fire like he promised his wife he would.


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Name: Karla Hometown: Palmerston North Age: 37

Karla is excited to represent the Kiwi mums in this season of the show. But don’t underestimate her! Being a reporter by trade Karla knows how to get the truth out of those who might not want to tell it!

Coming from a generation that spent every moment outdoors, Karla hopes all those times her father took her camping as a child, learning to make fires and outlast the torrential rain and flooding, will come in handy when she becomes a castaway.


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Name: Kaysha Hometown: Horowhenua Age: 24 Occupation: Social Worker

Kaysha is The Hits Wildcard feisty winner. She’s the eldest of 10 children so knows how to defend what belongs to her – the dinner table was “war”.

With a strong fitness background including representative basketball, athletics and cross country something which will come in handy during the challenges. The only thing that will hold her back is her phobia of spiders and big bugs on the island.


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Name: Liam   Hometown: Tauranga  Age: 23 Occupation: Videographer

Owning the title ‘typical millennial’, Liam is all about going outdoors and having an adventure – be it on land or sea with some form of board in hand. Creating videos for YouTube is his latest venture, so as soon as he heard he was on Survivor New Zealand, he turned his camera on to film his reaction.

With his ultimate pet peeve being people that walk too slow in front of him, Liam is pretty happy to know he won’t be dealing with too many sidewalks in Thailand.


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Name: Lisa  Hometown: Christchurch  Age: 38 Occupation: School Librarian

Lisa is hoping that her huge love of board games (which includes a weekly game night at her house) will come in handy when it comes to the puzzle challenges.

Described by friends as smart and organised, Lisa plans on playing a long strategic game on Survivor New Zealand to get her the title of Sole Survivor.

Having never been further afield than Australia, this trip to Thailand will bring a brutal new environment that Lisa has never experienced before.


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Name: Matt Hometown: Auckland   Age: 25 Occupation: Rocket Technician

Matt is a real -life rocket man, with a huge love for Survivor and the outdoors.

Handing in his resignation to his well-paying job, Matt spent two and a half years backpacking and travelling around the world. During this time he walked the length of Spain, which took him 47 days with only two days rest with his girlfriend, who at the end of the walk became his fiancé.

Having openly admitted he is “no Bear Grylls, but I can fish and crack a coconut”, Matt is hoping his experience travelling the world will help him quickly adapt to the new environment in Thailand.


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Name: Renee Hometown: Auckland Age: 28 Occupation: Real Estate Agent

With an occupation that is all about telling people what they want or need to hear, Renee is hoping this will help her with the social aspect of Survivor New Zealand.

From watching past seasons of Survivor, her favourite parts are the challenges, so Renee can’t wait to get stuck in herself and prove how tough she is. In the outside world, Renee also competes in cross-fit competitions.


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Name: Tara  Hometown: Hamilton  Age: 44 Occupation: Full-time mum

Currently living in Auckland, Tara is a proud full-time mum of three children while running a charity that distributes second-hand household items to families in need.

A massive adrenaline junkie, Tara has done everything from bungy jumping to driving a car into a moving truck on a race track.

Having been independent since her teenage years, Tara likes to be in control, which could be her biggest weakness entering the island


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Name: Tess  Hometown: Christchurch Age: 24 Occupation: Office Manager

Out to prove that “pretty girls can be tough too”, Tess is a huge believer in living life fearlessly, being brave and doing something that scares you.

When the call to apply when out, Tess decided that being part of the world’s toughest competition looked insane, she just had to go for it!

With a love of yoga and tarot cards, Tess is hoping the cards will be in her favour to take out the title of Sole Survivor.

Stay tuned for more information over the week as the full cast is announced.Find out more information over at TVNZ –

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