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Pop CultureAugust 1, 2021

Meet the contestants of Celebrity Treasure Island 2021


Celebrity Treasure Island is back and bigger than ever, with a fresh group of New Zealand stars ready to raise money for charity. 

Gird your loins for a new season of the reality series with it all: sea, sand, and 21 celebrities ready to catch pineapples with their feet. There’s no other show that’s more bonkers in challenge and nostalgic in spirit than Celebrity Treasure Island, even though I know what you’re thinking: how are there 21 celebrities left in Aotearoa who haven’t already appeared on a reality show this year? It’s a true televisual miracle, and don’t even get me started on the upcoming celebrity sponge Give Us A Clue NZ. Six different Kiwi celebrities in every single episode? Absolutely out of control.  

Bree Tomasel and Matt Chisholm are back for more CTI hijinks (Photo: TVNZ)

CTI hosts Bree Tomasel and Matt Chisholm return to wrangle three new teams of celebrities, who’ll be stranded on a beach and forced to eat beans and rice for days while thrashing it out in a series of delightfully ridiculous challenges. There’ll be tactics and tantrums, drama and diarrhoea, and one by one the celebrities will be eliminated from the competition. The last famous person standing will win $100,000 for their chosen charity, and the respect of everyone who has ever worn wet togs in public.  

It’s the weirdest holiday ever, it’s the funnest reality show of the year. These brave celebrities are about to raise money for charity and get sand in cracks they didn’t know they had, so let’s meet them before they start to chafe.

Angela Bloomfield and Anna Simcic (Photos: TVNZ)

Angela Bloomfield

Charity: PolyEmp

After leaving Shortland Street, Rachel McKenna (apparently a fictional character played by Angela Bloomfield, fake news imo) joins a show where peak drama is competing to slide a biscuit down your face. It’s a scene straight out of Ferndale, so god speed, Rachel.  

Anna Simcic

Charity: I Am Hope

The champion swimmer is this year’s Barbara Kendall: tough, competitive and ready to show the kids how it’s done. No idea what “it” is, though, but it’s bound to involve a tricky game of Forky Coiny.

Art Green and Brynley Stent (Photos: TVNZ)

Art Green

Charity: Surf Lifesaving NZ

Bachelor, TV host, podcaster. Probably going to win. 

Brynley Stent

Charity: Leukemia and Blood Cancer NZ

Actor, writer and esteemed winner of the 2021 Billy T Award. She also starred in season one of Taskmaster NZ, which should provide a stellar base for dealing with CTI’s wonderfully ridiculous challenges.   

Candy Lane and Casey Frank (Photos: TVNZ)

Candy Lane

Charity: Endometriosis New Zealand

We know Candy as a dancer and former host of Dancing with the Stars NZ, but in a few weeks time, will we know her as the 2021 winner of Celebrity Treasure Island? Only the ocean knows the truth. 

Casey Frank

Charity: Kidscan

American-New Zealand basketballer, played for the Tall Ferns. Will be good at ball tasks, probably handy with baskets too. 

Chris Parker and Edna Swart (Photos: TVNZ)

Chris Parker

Charity: Rainbow Youth

Comedian, actor, podcaster, felter, museum icon and now, reality TV star. We all need a bit of Chris Parker in our lives, so may he enjoy a long and fruitful stay on this gritty beach of dreams. 

Edna Swart

Charity: Stroke Foundation NZ

A true boss babe, mostly because she starred in TVNZ’s reality series Boss Babes. Love a good boss, love a good babe, my respect to everyone on CTI who identifies as either or both of those things. 

Huriana Manuel (Photo: TVNZ)

Huriana Manuel

Charity: Starship

A former Black Fern and captain of the New Zealand sevens team, Huriana won silver at the 2016 Rio Olympics. She’s fast, she’s fierce, probably doesn’t even mind sand in her shoes. Legend.  

Jess Tyson and JJ Fong (Photos: TVNZ)

Jess Tyson

Charity: Brave

A former Miss World contestant and now a Māori TV reporter, Jess loves a competition. In an astonishing coincidence, CTI also loves a competition, so this could be the start of a beautiful friendship. 

JJ Fong

Charity: Leukaemia and Blood Cancer NZ

Actor, producer and the star of Creamerie, JJ came on CTI to be challenged. Did someone say “challenge”? Did someone say “Paddle, Dig, Flick”? Did someone say “$100K FOR CHARITY?!” Yes, we said all those things, and I cannot wait for this perfect storm of television to begin. 

The two Joes, Daymond and Naufahu (Photos: TVNZ)

Joe Daymond

Charity: Movember

Comedian and Instagram star Joe is officially the “next big thing”, so check out The Spinoff’s recent profile of Joe, helpfully called Joe Daymond is The Next Big Thing

Joe Naufahu

Charity: NZ Breast Cancer Foundation

For an actor and rugby player who appeared on Game of Thrones, CTI should be an absolute breeze. Matt Chisholm doesn’t even have a pet dragon! Too easy.  

Johnny Tuivasa-Sheck and Kimberley Crossman (Photo: TVNZ)

Johnny Tuivasa-Sheck

Charity: Le Va

Johnny’s TVNZ bio says the Warrior prepared for the competition by eating McDonald’s every night, and with such an admirable training regime, Bree Tomasel better send Johnny straight to the final three. 

Kimberley Crossman

Charity: SPCA

Known for her roles in Golden Boy, Funny Girls and something called Shortland Street, Kimberley Crossman is about to conquer the hectic world of reality competition television. Sophie Mackay could never.  

Lana Searle and Lance Savali (Photos: TVNZ)

Lana Searle

Charity: 4th Gen

Radio presenter Lana is a self-confessed “Treasure Island fan girl”, but does she mean the book, the show or the adventure golf course near Auckland Airport? This is the tension we’re here for. 

Lance Savali

Charity: The Heart Foundation

Dancer and choreographer Lance “gets through life by having a laugh”. CTI has laughs aplenty – remember when Moses Mackay trimmed his toenails with a machete? Still chuckling, to be honest. 

Richie Barnett and Sir Buck Shelford (Photos: TVNZ)

Richie Barnett

Charity: The Sports Implementation Foundation

Another rugby league player with…everything to play for. 

Sir Wayne Buck Shelford

Charity: Te Kiwi Maia

He’s an All Black legend, but has he ever sat on a beach and built a tower out of wooden cats? That’s the true test of champions.

Tammy Davis and Tegan Yorwarth (Photos: TVNZ)

Tammy Davis

Charity: Love Somebody

Played Munter in Outrageous Fortune, now a host on George FM, wants to be pushed out of his comfort zone. A true recipe for CTI success. 

Tegan Yorwarth

Charity: The Period Place

Award-winning Mai FM breakfast announcer and self-confessed extrovert Tegan reckons she’ll be the glue that holds everyone together in camp. Glue on a beach! Just as nature intended. 

Celebrity Treasure Island will premiere on TVNZ 2 in September.

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