Survivor NZ recap: 'That's just crap mate' - A Survivor NZ first sees Arun and Dave forfeit challenge over fears they were 'physically abusing' Eve

Previously on Survivor NZ: The original Khangkhaw tribes domination on the game was left in tatters, after a shock vote saw Josh booted out of the game at Chani's tribal council. 

Arun and Dave drag Eve during the reward challenge. Source: 1 NEWS

After the massive blindside at Chani's tribal council, Matt is questioning if he can really trust his old school mate Dave.

Matt is worried he has lost his bff to Arun when they were apart, it's a classic Survivor love triangle that can only end in tears.

Dylan on the other hand is jubilant he is finally off the bottom of his tribe and says he is now "out for blood". It's been a huge turnaround for him since the tribe swap.

At Khangkhaw, JT admits his health is suffering and is worried about his place in the game going forward. Survivor is rough going when you're healthy so he has every right to be concerned.

A few shocked faces

Khangkhaw gets a look at the new Chani tribe at the reward challenge and are shocked Josh was voted out. This blows up Brad and Tess' game as they were in a "tight five alliance" with Josh as one of the members.

The reward challenge sees two Survivors from each team try and break a member from the other tribe off a pole and drag them back to their mat before the other team can do the same.

Arun and Dave wrestle with Eve at reward. Source: 1 NEWS

However, there is drama at the challenge! Chani decide to gift the reward to Khangkhaw after the first round as Dave and Arun feel bad dragging Eve off a pole and threw the mud.

The current social climate making its way into the show perhaps? This isn't a new challenge on Survivor, but Arun and Dave say they feel like they were "physically abusing" a woman.

"That's just crap mate, I don't want to drag a woman threw the mud," Arun says to Matt Chisholm.

Adam, Brad and Tara are all smiles at the reward challenge. Source: 1 NEWS

Adam doesn't agree and thinks his tribe was making a drama out of nothing. Dylan thinks they shouldn't bring the real world into Survivor. Whatever your views, Khangkhaw are gifted two chickens and some eggs from the forfeit.

Survivor outpost time

Moving on from the potentially thorny issue… It's time for the Survivor Outpost and Lisa gets the nod to go for Khangkhaw while Dave will front up for Chani.

This week sees the two rival tribe mates go up against each other in a word puzzle challenge.

Lisa blitzes it and wins an advantage where she can steal a vote at the next tribal council, Dave doesn't leave empty handed though as there is a hidden scroll on his puzzle table that he secretly pockets.

The scroll contains a clue to a hidden immunity meaning even though Dave lost I still think he got the greater prize. No justice in Survivor!

Lisa blows it back at camp after the Survivor Outpost, instead of just saying she lost to Dave she admits that she won an advantage and won't tell her tribe what it is.

This gets her a grilling from JT but she refuses to budge even though he pretty much guesses that she has some kind of vote advantage.

Dave has a better time when he arrives at camp after he races to the well and digs up an immunity idol using his clue.

Does anyone want to win?

Before immunity both Chani and Khangkhaw have conversations about throwing the next immunity challenge so they can go to tribal and vote out a threat.

I don't think there has ever been a season of Survivor in any country that has seen so much talk of throwing challenges!

The early stages of the challenge make it seem like Khangkhaw want to lose it more than Chani as they fall way behind.

I would be perfect for throwing this challenge as the final puzzle is a math's one and I'm woeful at it. Sub me in coach.

Some members of Khangkhaw are happy to win immunity. Source: 1 NEWS

Somehow Khangkhaw manage to blow losing the challenge and win it in a come from behind victory.

Lisa blames herself for not being able to throw the challenge as she felt sick and forgot not to solve the puzzle.

It's strange watching no team really celebrate an immunity challenge win, they both looked gutted!

Arun the godfather

At Chani everyone seems to want to be in Arun's good graces and Matt takes him aside for a chat and pledges his loyalty to him going forward.

Dave is happy about this as he wants Matt and Arun to be closer so he can keep his old school mate around and benefit his game.

The other name being thrown around is Dylan, Adam of course it totally into this plan as he is still out for his blood.

Looks like tonight's tribal will be another big one for the shape of the game going forward.

I take it this is not a good house call

Over at Khangkhaw its more about surviving in general rather than making it through tribal.

JT announces he has a medical issue and is ready to leave the game on his own terms to save his health.

This has come as a huge shock to the tribe and Eve and Tara break down in tears as JT gets on a boat and heads off to civilization with Chisholm.

So does this mean there will be no tribal tonight?

There is a tribal tonight

If you read the text in bold above, you will see that there is indeed still a tribal tonight.

At tribal Renee reveals that she is hopping mad her name was written down at the last tribal. She shouldn't be too angry though as that is the premise of the show.

Chisholm asks if anyone thinks they're on the wrong side of the numbers and Matt is the only one who puts his hand up and says he is shaking in his "space boots" tonight.

My question is where did he get these space boots and can I buy a pair?

Matt needn't have worried though, as it's Dylan who is blindsided and is the seventh person voted out. I'm not happy about that one as his feud with Adam made for some great watching.

However with Dylan out of the way it will be interesting to see if this means Dave and Matt's secret alliance will now be able to take control of the game.

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 (voted out episode 7)
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 (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
Renee, 28, Real Estate Agent, Auckland
Tara, 44, Full-time Mum, Hamilton
Tess, 24, Office Manager, Christchurch



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

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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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Serena Williams is 'proud' of her friend Meghan Markle's charity work

Tennis champion Serena Williams has revealed she's "proud" of Meghan Markle after she launched a cookbook in support of the victims of the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

The 37-year-old royal has written the foreword to a recipe book from cooks at the Hubb Community Kitchen, which is based in London, and the Duchess of Sussex has revealed she felt "connected" to the Community Kitchen because it offers a "place for women to laugh, grieve, cry and cook together".

Responding to the announcement, the Duchess' good friend Serena wrote on her Twitter account: "I used to call you Meghan (and I still do) but dear Duchess of Sussex your first project "Together" a cookbook bringing women of all cultures together. I could not be more excited about it and proud of you.

"It's beautiful - diversity, inclusivity, coming together in grief or joy."

The book - which is called Together: Our Community Cookbook - marks the former Suits actress' first solo project as a royal.

Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, centre front, poses for a photograph with women of the Hubb Community Kitchen. Source: Associated Press

It features 50 recipes by women whose community was affected by the fire in the Grenfell tower block in London, which killed 72 people in June last year.

The long-term ambition behind the project is to provide support for the Grenfell families and others within the community.

Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex cooks with women in the Hubb Community Kitchen at the Al Manaar Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre. Source: Associated Press

The Duchess has played a hands-on role with the book, helping the group to find a publisher, and then providing legal support through the Royal Foundation charity.

The Royal Foundation is also responsible for ensuring that the proceeds from the sale of the book go directly to the Hubb Community Kitchen and other similar projects.

Speaking about the book, Meghan recently explained: "Through this charitable endeavour, the proceeds will allow the kitchen to thrive and keep the global spirit of community alive."

Meghan Markle and Serena Williams. Source: Associated Press


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