Survivor NZ recap: A big move sees the balance of power shift and Josh makes an emotional revelation

Previously on Survivor NZ: There was a shakeup, with a tribe swap that saw secret high school mates Dave and Matt reunited on the same team. Liam was the first Survivor voted out of the new look Khangkhaw tribe.

After Liam was voted out, it's clear that old tribal lines run deep at Khangkhaw, with Eve and JT firmly in the minority. Finding an immunity idol or a crack in the alliance will be even more important for those two now.

It's brighter news for Dylan now he has swapped over to the Chani tribe, he's more than happy to turn on his former tribe mates who made the move with him, and is looking to get revenge for the way he was treated at Khangkhaw.

Josh, also now on Chani, reveals he has been battling Hodgkins lymphoma cancer in an emotional aside to camera. He beat it, and is determined to use the same attitude to go far in Survivor NZ.

He hasn't revealed this news to his tribe mates yet, perhaps worried that his inspiring story will make him more of a threat to win the game. He might not get the chance to tell them, as Dylan is scheming to get him or Matt out of the game.

Arun and Dave don't trust Dylan, nothing new there, but think they can use him as a tool to get rid of one of the strong boys who joined Chani from Khangkhaw.

"Please be food"

Pizza time! Source: 1 NEWS

Dave's prayers are answered and the reward challenge is for a massive Pizza Hut feast. Host Matt Chisholm reveals his favourite pizza is pepperoni, take note of this for the obligatory Survivor NZ quiz at the end of the series, or if you ever have him over for dinner.

Chani are smashing it early on and race out to a big lead getting to the puzzle section of the challenge way before Khangkhaw. Chisholm is reminding them about the Pizza Hut on offer, I think he might be more excited about it than the Survivors.

Loves his pizza does Matt.

Chani wins reward! Source: 1 NEWS

Dylan and Dave make short work of the slide puzzle and Dylan steps up at another challenge to send Chani into pizza heaven. I hope they invite Chisholm along to join them.

Watching the starving castaways chow down on pizza and garlic bread makes fasting then feasting look like a great idea. You never see people as happy as they are on Survivor when they win a food challenge.

"Not going to leave it to chance"

The Survivor Outpost makes a welcome return and Arun makes sure to rig the stick pull at Chani so his ally Renee gets to go. Over at Khangkhaw Tara gets the nod and she has a memory challenge showdown against Renee that will see the winner able to steal two items from the opposing tribe's camp.

Judging from all the cutaway shots of animals it is a long and close fought battle between the two, who have obviously been on the Mega Memory course from the 90s.

Renee finally takes it out in yet another win for the new Chani, now she can raid Khangkhaw's goodies. Surely she wouldn't be so cruel as to take their toilet paper? I'm sure Dylan would.

Tara is in tears as she arrives back at camp with Renee to deliver the news. Her tribe thought the news was going to be a lot worse because of the tears and are quite relieved to hear it's just an item raid.

Great tactic to deliver bad news from Tara there, might have to steal that one the next time something goes wrong at work. Renee leaves the toilet paper but nabs Khangkhaw's coffee and tarpaulin.

She arrives back in Chani as a hero, ticker tape parade when she returns back to NZ is on the cards.

A devious plan is hatched

The happy vibe doesn't last long at Chani though as the original members - Dave, Renee and Arun - come up with a sneaky plan to break up the old Khangkhaw tribe dominance in the game.

Dave throws the immunity challenge for Chani. Source: 1 NEWS

They decide to throw the next immunity challenge so they can use Dylan to get rid of one of their own and even up the odds to stop people voting along old tribal lines.

Luckily for the mutineers the immunity challenge is the classic Survivor Jenga, where the team needs to work together to build a block tower while keeping tension on ropes.

This tough challenge means it'll be easy to topple the tower on purpose without it being obvious. Dave is doing a great job of toppling the tower just as Chani look like they will win.

Khangkhaw wins immunity. Source: 1 NEWS

If both teams are trying to throw it this could end up being the longest episode of Survivor ever…

Luckily for the viewers Khangkhaw actually wanted to win and take home the idol, sending Chani to tribal. The scheme is a success; now will Dylan pull through for them or will it blow up in their face?

"I find it funny they are coming to me now"

Chani didn't need to worry about original Khangkhaw sticking together though as Matt, Josh and Adam all want Dylan out. They don't realise that Dylan is working with Renee, Dave and Arun to get rid of Josh.

However, Josh is convinced that he can trust Arun after they had a handshake at the Survivor Outpost and agreed to be in an alliance if they were ever on the same tribe.

Possibly a bit naïve from Josh there, this is Survivor where loyalty shifts on a dime, to use an American expression.

Confused? You should be, this is getting complicated and anything could happen at tribal!

The only one that seems confident about their place in all this is Dylan for a change, as he thinks he is in the swing vote position.

"How difficult was that challenge?"

Matt Chisholm knows some Chani tribe members threw the immunity trial and tries to wheedle it out of them at tribal council. He is omnipresent.

Dave, Renee and Arun remain tight lipped though, wise decision there.

Time to vote, after a cagey tribal that ends in silence as Chisholm probes for some intel on which way the vote will go.

No one plays a hidden immunity idol and it turns out Dylan flipped on his old tribe mates to side with the original Chani members and vote out Josh.

Smart move by Dylan as his original tribe all tried to get him out!

A shocking outcome for the original Khangkhaw members on the new Chani and the next episode should be a cracker!

Adam doesn't look amused with Dylan, sitting with arms folded and a glare on his face.

Watch all episodes of Survivor NZ on TVNZ OnDemand.

List of Survivor's and vote status:

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 (voted out episode 3)
Josefien, 23, Audio Post Producer, Blenheim (voted out episode 1)
Josh, 28, Chartered Accountant, New Plymouth (voted out episode 6)
JT, 32, Project Manager, Manawatu
Karla, 37, Reporter, Palmerston North (voted out episode 2)
Kaysha, 24, Social Worker, Horowhenua (voted out episode 4)
Liam, 23, Videographer, Tauranga (voted out episode 5)
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

Josh reveals his battle with cancer on tonight's episode. Source: 1 NEWS



Ozzy Osbourne confirms two New Zealand shows as part of farewell world tour

Ozzy Osbourne has confirmed two final shows in New Zealand in March 2019 as part of his farewell world tour, No More Tours 2.

The former Black Sabbath singer will play shows in Christchurch at Horncastle Arena on March 13 and Auckland’s Spark Arena on March 16.

Heavy metal legends Judas Priest, who are on their first New Zealand tour, will open for Osbourne.

The 69-year-old will celebrate a career which began in 1968 when Black Sabbath was formed alongside long-time collaborators, guitarist Zakk Wylde, Blasko on bass, drummer Tommy Clufetos and Adam Wakeman on keyboards.

Ozzy Osbourne.

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Roseanne Barr plans to leave the US to 'escape negativity'

Controversial TV star Roseanne Barr has revealed she intends to travel to Israel when the Roseanne spin-off airs because she doesn't want to "get drawn into a negative thing".

The 65-year-old actress' eponymous sitcom was axed earlier this year after she posted an offensive message about Valerie Jarrett, an adviser to former US President Barack Obama, on Twitter, and Roseanne has now revealed why she plans to leave the US before The Conners airs in October.

She shared: "Oh, yeah, I don't want to be around, because I, you know, I'll get drawn into a negative thing.

"Defending myself or being angry for being mischaracterised and, you know, I don't ... I want to stay away from it. I want to stay in a joyous, positive, happy place that I've worked my way to again in my life."

The Conners will feature all of the main cast of the original show except Rosanne, who plans to focus on her Hebrew while in Israel.

She told The Dr. Oz Show: "I want to be able to learn Hebrew, speak Hebrew fluently, because, you know, I read very slow but I know the letters and I love the letters, but, I want to speak it.

"And also I have quite a few teachers over the years that live there and, you know, I want to study."

Meanwhile, Roseanne recently revealed the spin-off show will kill off her character with an "overdose".

The actress claimed that her character will meet her end at the hands of an "opioid overdose", which she says is "cruelly insulting" to the fans of the original programme.

Roseanne said: "Oh ya, they killed her. They have her die of an opioid overdose.

"There's nothing I can do about it. It's done. It's over. [But it] so cruelly insults the people who loved that family in that show."

Her show was cancelled by ABC following her comments directed at a former advisor to Barack Obama.
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Rihanna asks for Jacinda Ardern's help in tweet - 'Its been a big year for you'

Popstar and fashionista Rihanna has reached out on Twitter to try and enlist the help of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern for one of the singer's charitable causes.

Rihanna started out by congratulating the PM before asking for help. 

"Kia ora @jacindaardern! It's been a big year for you & NZ - congrats!

"I hope you & @MFATgovtNZ agree that educating every child can change the world!" the singer wrote before linking to the Clara Lionel Foundation which she started in 2012.

The tweet also contained a link to a piece Rihanna wrote for The Guardian yesterday, calling for more support for young students in developing countries. 

Rihanna and Jacinda Ardern. Source: Associated Press


Read Deadpool 2 star Rob Delaney's heartbreaking essay on son's cancer battle

Rob Delaney has penned a heartbreaking essay on his son's cancer battle, after the toddler passed away aged just two-years-old.

The Deadpool 2 star was struck by tragedy earlier this year when his son Henry - whom he had with his wife Leah - lost his battle with brain cancer, and has now shared an emotional essay that was originally penned as part of a book he wanted to release for parents of sick children.

Rob decided to stop writing the book when he saw his son's last "bad MRI scan", saying he and his family "just wanted to be with him around the clock and make sure his final months were happy."

Read full essay excerpt here.

Explaining why he posted the excerpt on Medium yesterday, the 41-year-old comedian wrote: "The reason I'm putting this out there now is that the intended audience for this book was to be my fellow parents of very sick children.

"They were always so tired and sad, like ghosts, walking the halls of the hospitals, and I wanted them to know someone understood and cared.

"I'd still like them to know that ... But I can't write that book anymore because our family's story has a different ending than I'd hoped for. Maybe I'll write a different book in the future, but now my responsibility is to my family and myself as we grieve our beautiful Henry."

The essay focuses on the months surrounding Henry's diagnoses and how his family helped the tot deal with his treatment, and Rob says that despite his son's condition, he felt "excited" to see him at the hospital.

Rob writes in part: "I may wish Henry wasn't in the hospital and it may make me f***ing sick that my kids haven't lived under the same roof for over a year. But I'm always, always happy to enter the hospital every morning and see him.

"It's exciting every day to walk into his room and see him and see him see me."

The actor cuts off his essay "abruptly", as he never finished the story before he learned Henry's diagnoses was terminal.

He said: "I'm aware this ends somewhat abruptly. The above was part of a book proposal I put together before Henry's tumour came back and we learned that he would die. I stopped writing when we saw the new, bad MRI.

"My wife and his brothers and I just wanted to be with him around the clock and make sure his final months were happy. And they were."

Rob Delaney with his son Henry. Source: Twitter


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