Survivor New Zealand: TVNZ hosts form a fantasy team and share their strategies

Breakfast host Hilary Barry says she would be 'hopeless' with Survivor strategy. Or is that a strategy in itself?
Tom Hollow

Breakfast host Hilary Barry says she would be 'hopeless' with Survivor strategy. Or is that a strategy in itself?

It's a dog-eat-dog world where promises of loyalty mean nothing. But just how would some of TVNZ's prominent personalities fare if they became part of Survivor New Zealand? We put together our Survivor Fantasy Team and then asked the team members to reveal their strategy for winning.

HILARY BARRY
Strategy: I'd be absolutely hopeless. I'd lose every challenge and would probably beg the rest of the team to vote me off.

I'd vote off: Daniel (Faitaua). He'd put too much of a strain on the food supplies and I get very grumpy if I'm not fed.

Jack Tame says he would vote off Daniel Faitaua first.
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Jack Tame says he would vote off Daniel Faitaua first.

JACK TAME
Strategy: In the middle of the night, I'd steal all the tribe's food and eat it. Then I'd frame Matty (McLean) for the theft and pretend to bravely soldier on in the face of starvation. After that, I'd try not to draw attention to myself.

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I'd vote off: Daniel (Faitaua) – he might read the news but I wouldn't trust that guy with my grocery list, let alone at tribal council.

Brodie Kane might need to watch her back, with several hosts saying she would be the first to go.
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Brodie Kane might need to watch her back, with several hosts saying she would be the first to go.

BRODIE KANE
Strategy: Lie, lie and lie. If anyone thinks you can win the game without this key strategy, then good luck to you. I would then form a tight four (including me) who, unbeknownst to them, would carry me the whole way to the finish and I would use their strengths, and disadvantages, as my gain.

They would be: Toni (Street) – because the nice people always go far, but not the whole way. Matty (McLean) – because he's fiercely competitive, but equally as clumsy. Daniel (Faitaua) – because he would do as he was told so long as I feed him.

I'd vote off: Hilary's out first. You see, she is such a lovely, kind person, but the girl's got strategy and plots hidden in her back pocket like you wouldn't believe. Can't have her around to play everyone if that's what I'm doing.

Daniel Faitaua says he wouldn't be above deceit and back-stabbing.
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Daniel Faitaua says he wouldn't be above deceit and back-stabbing.

DANIEL FAITAUA
Strategy: I'd eat all the food rations. Let's be honest, in my industry it's all about almonds and salad so with no food my tribe members become weak, not just mentally but physically. My journo instincts would then kick in and I'd show interest in my fellow members' lives.

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People love a good listener but I'll take all their information and stealthily use that information to eliminate them one by one. I'd remain humble but when I make it to the merge, the immunity idol will be my top priority – as well as deceit and some back-stabbing. Let's not kid ourselves, this is a game.

I'd vote off: With no food, Jack won't last on fresh air so he'll suffer on starvation alone and Hilary will turn mumsy worrying about our health so she'll annoy many and will be the first casualty. Yes, Matty is obsessed with Survivor but no one likes a know it all ... so I don't need to worry about them winning. The person I need to worry about is Brodie. Unlike the others she is likely to be my competition when it comes to physical challenges.

Sam Wallace says he would create an alliance with Daniel Faitaua and Chris Chang.
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Sam Wallace says he would create an alliance with Daniel Faitaua and Chris Chang.

SAM WALLACE
Strategy: I'm a fairly competitive lad so what I lack in survival skills, i.e. hunting and fishing, I would make up for with hustle. The good news is the competition is fairly poor. Toni would require catering. Hilary would start with one team and then realise the other team is way cooler and have to jump ship before it sinks.

Jack would be forever reporting back from Nicaragua to New Zealand and miss the challenges. Matty scares me because since he took over weather it's done nothing but rain – and nobody needs that while on holiday in the tropics. My tactic would be to create an alliance with Daniel and Chris. Chris is a very good cook and despite Daniel's kind exterior, he is a warrior.

I'd vote off: Brodie (Kane), mainly because she's a bad influence and a real threat. Did you know she was in the army? See you, Brodie.

Toni Street says she would be 'Stealth Street' and not appear to be a threat at first.
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Toni Street says she would be 'Stealth Street' and not appear to be a threat at first.

TONI STREET
Strategy: To make each person think I am their closest ally (befriend all of them) so they never want to vote me off.

I'd also try to seem weaker than I am initially, so I'm not seen as a threat ... 'Stealth Street' would be my mantra.

I'd vote off: Brodie (Kane), because she's the biggest threat. She's a tough nut with a military background. She's also a very strong swimmer and wouldn't be fazed roughing it.

Chris Chang says he is a 'free agent' and would blindside Jack Tame early on in the game.
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Chris Chang says he is a 'free agent' and would blindside Jack Tame early on in the game.

CHRIS CHANG
Strategy: There are two obvious alliances: the Breakfast team and the Toni/Sam combo. So I'm going to have to play the role of "free agent" and undermine both sides.

My strategy will be twofold: firstly, using my position to join forces with those on the bottom of their alliance; secondly, saving my bacon by winning immunity challenges.

I'd vote off: Duos can be extremely dangerous in this game and I fear Jack and Matt would try to form a power couple. I reckon I can get Toni and Sam on board to blindside Jack early on. Boom!

Matty McLean calls himself the 'baby-faced assassin' and is looking to eliminate Toni Street.
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Matty McLean calls himself the 'baby-faced assassin' and is looking to eliminate Toni Street.

MATTY MCLEAN
Strategy: I'd be the baby-faced assassin. I still get ID'd at the liquor store, so I'd put that adorably young face to good use. No one would suspect me, so I'd quietly bide my time until 'Bam!' Congratulations, you're now the proud owner of a knife in your back, Jack Tame.

I'd vote off: Toni Street. She's far too likeable. If she gets to the end, the jury awards her the title of Sole Survivor. Plus, she manages to sit next to Mike Hosking every night, so you know the woman has strength and endurance.

Survivor New Zealand, TVNZ 2, Sunday and Monday.

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