Survivor NZ recap: Tribes united but players divided, as the merge tests loyalties

Previously on Survivor NZ: JT exited the game due to medical reasons and Dylan was shocked after being the seventh Survivor voted out at tribal council.

Adam is all smiles at Chani and says he "feels like the luckiest boy in the world" after his arch nemesis Dylan was blindsided at the last tribal council.

However, now his rival is gone Adam is unsure what to do next in the game. Time to create a new rival perhaps?

Renee is sick of her alliance with Dave and Arun, she thinks that they are leaving her on the outs and is ready to strike up a new partnership with Adam to shake up the game.

Over at Khangkhaw Tess got no sleep due to a mysterious creature who visited their tribe in the night. Luckily the camp's chickens are still alive, but maybe not for long if a starving Brad has his way.

Lisa is also out for blood and wants to drop her librarian mum routine and step up her gameplay.

"We're all gutted"

At the reward challenge Chani find out that JT has left the game due to medical reasons and Arun says he is "gutted" for him.

Chani and Khangkhaw face off at reward. Source: 1 NEWS

JT sends a message through host Matt Chisholm to let everyone know that he is on the mend now he has left the show.

No time to dwell on the news with reward on the line. The challenge sees both tribes trying to smash targets with a giant slingshot and Khangkhaw dominate to win reward.

But wait.. twist time! Chisholm reveals that everyone wins a new tribal buff as its merge time.

Chani and Khangkhaw are no more, the new sole tribe is called Phsan, which is Thai for "too merge". Makes sense.

"Oh my god!"

The merge feast is huge, featuring steak, French fries and tons of sweet treats. Strategy talk is put on hold as the starving Survivors stuff their faces.

Lisa seems drunk on food and compares the feast to the moment she first held her newborn son. Fitting, as a food baby may soon be on the way.

Dave nearly eats until he vomits but manages to hold it down and go back for more.

After the gorging is done Adam sneaks off with Tess to rekindle their relationship and he tells her the hell he went through when he switched to Chani.

Little does Tess know that he's lying to gain favour with his old Khanghkhaw tribemates so he can play both sides. I remember when Adam used to call Dylan sneaky…

"Such a bully eh?"

Stage two of Adam's devious plan involves telling Brad about how Arun bossed everyone around over at Chani and is generally not a good guy to play the game with.

Talking to camera Adam reveals this is all just part of his master plan to knock Arun off so he can manipulate the "fresh faced babies" around camp easier.

This merge has really brought out the strategist in Adam, who is positioning himself as a real contender in this game.

Dave is also cooking up a plan of his own to get rid of Lisa by using his "man bun" alliance with Arun, Adam and Matt. Which way will Adam go is the big question as the tribe head off to a very important first individual immunity challenge.

"This is what you will be playing for now"

The individual immunity idol. Source: 1 NEWS

Chisholm reveals the new individual immunity necklace and it’s a bigun. Luckily they all just had a feed or the winner may struggle under its weight.

The challenge is the Survivor classic house of cards building one where you have to build a tower of tiles up to a three metre marker.

This is the reason I don't apply for the show, no one needs to see how bad my building skills are on national TV, easier to say it here and get it over with.

Matt wins the first individual immunity. Source: 1 NEWS

Matt however is pretty darn good and has the highest tower with just five minutes to go in the challenge. Instead of trying to reach the three metre level he wisely stops building and runs out the clock to win, as his rivals' towers topple around him.

Big win for Matt, this leaves Dave and Lisa still vulnerable after their names were thrown around as targets earlier.

The plot thickens...

The showdown between Dave and Lisa is made more interesting as Dave has a hidden immunity idol and Lisa has the ability to steal someone's vote from them at tribal, effectively giving her two votes.

Lisa is worried everyone knowing about her advantage might blow up in her face as it has done to past players on the US Survivor. She should be as Dave and Arun are still keen to get her out.

Matt and Adam on the other hand are keeping their options open and could easily go against the Arun and Dave alliance or Brad, Tess and Lisa's.

Renee and Tara haven't had much screen time and I have no idea which way they're leaning.

Whatever happens a line will be drawn in the sand at tribal tonight and Dave and Matt's secret school friendship might be tested.

"Bit of a tightrope"

At tribal council Chisholm brings up the fact everyone in Phsan is now on the jury and will be the ones that decide who wins the $250,000.

Arun says he respects "big moves" and good strategic game play.

Before voting begins Lisa pulls out her steal a vote advantage and uses it to steal Arun's vote. Well, there is a big move that Arun probably isn't too happy about!

He isn't too happy about the votes which Chisholm reads out either as he is sent packing and becomes the eighth person voted out of Survivor NZ.

Arun was a big player in the game and this vote is sure to shake things up back at the Phsan tribe's camp.

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
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

The new Phsan tribe. Source: 1 NEWS

Suge Knight, once one of gangsta rap's biggest moguls, agrees to 28-year sentence after murder charge reduced

Former rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight pleaded no contest today in a US courtroom to voluntary manslaughter and after he ran over two men, killing one, nearly four years ago.

The Death Row Records co-founder entered the plea in Los Angeles Superior Court and has agreed to serve 28 years in prison.

Knight was charged with murder, attempted murder and hit-and-run after fleeing the scene of an altercation in January 2015 outside a Compton burger stand. Knight and Cle "Bone" Sloan, a consultant on the N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton were involved in a fistfight that ended with Knight clipping the man with his pickup truck and running over businessman Terry Carter, who died from his injuries.

Knight's attorneys have said he was acting in self-defence and was fleeing armed attackers when he ran over Mr Carter and Mr Sloan.

During today's hearing, Knight answered Judge Ronald Coen's questions, loudly and quickly saying "no contest" when the judge asked for his plea.

The plea deal calls for Knight to serve 22 years in prison on the voluntary manslaughter count, and another six years because it is a third strike violation.

Former music mogul and founder of Death Row Records Suge Knight

Knight, 53, was a key player in the gangster rap scene that flourished in the 1990s, and his label once listed Dr. Dre, Tupac Shakur and Snoop Dogg among its artists. Knight lost control of the company after it was forced into bankruptcy.

He has prior felony convictions for armed robbery and assault with a gun. He pleaded no contest in 1995 and was sentenced to five years' probation for assaulting two rap entertainers at a Hollywood recording studio in 1992.

He was sentenced in February 1997 to prison for violating terms of that probation by taking part in a fight at a Las Vegas hotel hours before Shakur was fatally wounded in a drive-by attack as he rode in Knight's car just east of the Las Vegas Strip. Shakur's slaying remains unsolved.

He had faced life in prison if convicted of murder for killing Mr Carter.

FILE - In this July 7, 2015, file photo,  Knight has pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter and after he ran over two men, killing one, nearly four years ago.
The Death Row Records co-founder entered the plea Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court and has agreed to serve 28 years in prison.  (Patrick T. Fallon/Pool Photo via AP, File)
Marion Hugh "Suge" Knight sits for a hearing in his murder case in Superior Court in Los Angeles in 2015. Source: Associated Press


Opinion: Will getting ahead in New Zealand increasingly become a lottery?

After recent struggles to get into the KiwiBuild ballot, it got me thinking what other things we used to take for granted in New Zealand might one day be left up to a lottery system?

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As the cost of living continues to race away from wages, it becomes increasingly hard to get on the property market, especially in the hyper-inflated Auckland region where I work and live.

In turn, this has led to the Government's KiwiBuild initiative, a noble one indeed, but something that would have been unimaginable back in my parents' day.

Outdated lending restrictions used by the major banks are not helping matters.

Currently, you can't get finance for a brand new affordable apartment with all the mod-cons if it's under 40 square metres, as most are these days.

However, they are more than happy to lend on a old tired more expensive apartment that is falling apart, which just hits the 40 square metre mark, and often look smaller than new builds due to poor layout.

The Government's "watered down" foreign buyer ban still lets overseas investors snap up these brand new apartments, meaning the status quo remains and there is no relief for the many Kiwis desperate to get into the market on any level.

National MP Judith Collins' comments this week criticising KiwiBuild suggest she is out of touch on the issue and gives little hope of any changes coming from that side of the House.

"Kiwi families deserve a home not a measly studio apartment only big enough for a single person and their cat," Ms Collins said.

What does she have against single people and cats? Are they so sub-human they don't deserve a place to live as well?

So, here we are with the lottery system, put your name in the hat and hope like hell you get selected to be hoisted onto the property ladder.

In the future, will other things once thought of as being part and parcel of living in New Zealand also become part of a lottery system?

It may sound far-fetched, but not many years ago so would a housing lottery too.

* Alan Kenyon is a 1 News Now Producer and would-be apartment owner. He does not own a cat.


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.

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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