Survivor NZ: The Kiwi survivors who took on Nicaragua

Isabel "Izzy" Pearson, 30, says she can't resist a challenge. She's been preparing for the show on her fiance's DIY ...
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Isabel "Izzy" Pearson, 30, says she can't resist a challenge. She's been preparing for the show on her fiance's DIY chin-up bar.

Businesspeople, an outdoors instructor and a beauty queen turned oil steward have been announced as New Zealand's first Survivor contestants.

TVNZ have produced the first series of Survivor NZ. Filmed in Nicaragua, the series followed 16 contestants and would screen from May 7.

Isabel "Izzy" Pearson, a 30-year-old oil steward who worked as a rubbish truck driver and competed as a beauty queen, would be competing in the 40 day reality television show.

 

Pearson said she went on the show because "I like to try on different shoes and test myself in different situations".

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 The first of 16 Survivor competitors were revealed on Monday. Among them was a Cleo Bachelor of the Year finalist, an Auckland mother and the principal of a Christchurch alternative education school.

Jak, 22, looks to be carving out a spot as the show's joker. He admits can get on some people's nerves.
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Jak, 22, looks to be carving out a spot as the show's joker. He admits can get on some people's nerves.

Tuesday's announcement saw some more outdoorsy people enter the competition. A canyoning gude from Motueka, 29-yea-rold Lee, was announced as one of the survivors.

Lee admitted he didn't put too much thought into entering the show. Asked why he nominated himself, he said: "it sounded like a rad time!" Lee also said he "cracked up laughing" when the producers told him he was in the show.

Jak, one of the youngest contestants announced so far, would also be on the show. The 22-year-old worked as a banking consultant in Lower Hutt. He admitted to being "loud" and "not everyone's cup of tea".

Lee, 29, is a canyoning guide from Motueka. His pet peeve: snoring.
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Lee, 29, is a canyoning guide from Motueka. His pet peeve: snoring.

Hopefully Jack won't be funnier than 27-year-old Shay, however. Shay said anyone who was funnier than her would instantly become her emeny as part of her Survivor gameplan. "We can't have that," she half-joked in her submission.

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Shay worked as a business support coordinator in Hamilton. She said the other contestants should be careful when she gets hungry and cold and tired. 

THE CONTESTANTS:
* Motueka canyoning guide Lee, 29.
* Hamilton businesswoman Shay, 27.
* Oil rig steward Izzy, 30.
* Wellington banking consultant Jak, 22.
* Christchurch education manager Sala, 40.
* Tauranga business analyst Mike, 27.
* Auckland customer service worker Dee, 29.
* Auckland mother Barb, 53.

Shay, 27, say she is "always smiling and laughing. Unless I’m hungry, then I’m always angry".
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Shay, 27, say she is "always smiling and laughing. Unless I’m hungry, then I’m always angry".

 - Stuff

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