After 17 days in the competition, Georgia from Palmerston North was eliminated.

Georgia's hopes were dashed, in a do-or-die Redemption Island duel against Shay.

Georgia was considered one of the strongest competitors in the game. She knew that winning the challenge would see her re-enter the competition as part of the newly-merged tribe. 


The duel required both contestants to build a house of cards, using 130 wooden tiles. The first to build a three-metre tower would be officially back in the game. 

With a steady hand, Shay took an early lead. Georgia became increasingly flustered as her cards toppled again and again. 

Georgia's chance came when Shay ran out of cards, and had to pluck some from her foundations. 

With scarcely one tile between them, and only minutes remaining on the clock, Georgia was only inches away from the three-metre mark. 

However, her entire tower collapsed onto the sand, leaving Shay the time she needed to complete the challenge. 


Georgia said that although it was "devastating" to not have made the merge, she'd given it her all and loved every moment of it. 

"I'm a strong, young female. And I've proven to myself that I can do anything, and overcome so many things. It's been an amazing experience." 

Holding back tears, she threw her buff in the fire and left her team mates behind. 


Georgia's departure meant it was time for Hermosa and Mogoton to finally merge. They became the newly formed tribe, Casar. 

Any Survivor voted out from this point begins to form the 'Jury'. The seven who make up the Jury will ultimately decide who becomes New Zealand's first Sole Survivor.