Survivor NZ recap: A relationship in ruins leads to a shock move that blows the game wide open

Previously on Survivor NZ: Lisa's plan to eliminate Matt backfired after he won immunity and Eve was voted to the jury.

A storm has left everything wet back at camp after tribal, much the same as Adam and Dave's moods.

Adam says he is getting sick of everyone and Dave isn't happy his mate Eve was voted out.

The mood on day 32 doesn't improve in the morning either, as the whole tribe is down about the vote and not entirely happy with Tara for telling Eve the move was coming.

"She is my little companion"

Matt tells Adam and Tara he wants Tess voted out next, but Adam is friends with Tess and wants Tara out instead.

However, Lisa is still keen to go for Matt and goes to Dave to gauge whether he would go along with this plan. Little does she know about Dave and Matt's secret high school buddy relationship.

Auction time. Source: 1 NEWS

First ever Survivor NZ Auction

Scheming is put on hold, as each competitor is given $500 to bid on items at an old fashioned Survivor auction.

Will they spend their cash on food or an advantage in the game? Always a telling sign.

No question with Tess, she bids $200 for donuts and milk, and with the look on her face as she chows down they were worth every penny.

Chowing down at the auction. Source: 1 NEWS

Adam blows his whole $500 on pizza and Matt throws down a cool $300 for chips, nuts and beer. Standard prices at Auckland food and beer joints these days to be fair.

Surprisingly it's Dave who holds onto his cash to bid for an advantage, as he hasn't been the most strategic player so far.

He gets it too, and even manages to play act that he would rather have food so as not to put a target on his back. Looks like Dave is learning the dark arts of Survivor...

"Stoked with the advantage"

Adam is too canny for Dave though and realises he is just play-acting: "He's so annoying, shut up Dave not in the mood," Adam says. Always good for a quote is Adam.

Turns out Dave's $300 advantage means he gets to start the next immunity challenge later than everyone else, giving him a better chance of outlasting them.

Last person standing wins immunity

Survivors battle it out for immunity. Source: 1 NEWS

It's another balancing act as the Survivors have to stack plates, bowls and mugs on a platform, only controlling it with on hand via a pole.

So will Dave getting to join in later help him finally win an individual challenge?

Dave wins immunity. Source: 1 NEWS

You bet it will! Relief for Dave whose Survivor auction bid really pays off as he beats Tara in the final showdown.

"Such a gamble"

Tess is the main name being thrown around but rather than scrapping for her life she seems more concerned with feeding her pet lizard Larry.

However, she may be safe as Lisa decides to risk it all and outright tell Dave she is keen to get rid of Matt.

Lisa tells Dave that she and Matt found an idol together and this shocks Dave. Matt has kept him in the dark about it even though Dave told him about the idol he found.

Now the big question will Dave turn on his old schoolmate and make a big move, or stay loyal to him?

After the conversation with Lisa, Dave confronts his old mate Matt and asks him if he has something to tell him.

Matt comes clean and fesses up that he and Lisa found an idol.

"You're here to play the game bro," Dave says to the camera, clearly shocked at the revelation.

The stress is too much for Dave, who just wants to stay friends with Matt, he breaks down in tears as he talks over his conundrum alone with the camera.

"Less than one week to go"

Tribal council time and it's another huge one. Will Matt play his hidden idol or will it be an easy vote to take out Tess?

There are no real fireworks, which make it seem like it might be an easy vote.

Lisa does go through with her plan and votes for Matt, who decides not to play his idol.

Turns out to be a bad decision from him, a stunning blindside sees his torch snuffed out and Matt becomes the fifth member of the jury.

Dave was one of those who voted for his schoolmate. Finding out that Matt left him in the dark about having an idol was the final straw for him.

Anyone's game from here, as Matt's exit leaves a huge power vacuum in Phsan. In my humble opinion that was the best episode of Survivor NZ so far.

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 (voted out episode 8)
Brad, 27, School Teacher, Nelson (voted out episode 9)
Dave, 26, Clinical Pharmacist, Auckland
Dylan, 26, Retail Manager, Whangarei (voted out episode 7)
Eve, 26, Hiking Guide, Auckland (voted out episode 11)
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 (left for medical reasons)
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 (voted out episode 12)
Renee, 28, Real Estate Agent, Auckland (voted out episode 10)
Tara, 44, Full-time Mum, Hamilton
Tess, 24, Office Manager, Christchurch

Matt and Dave. 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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