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Survivor: New Zealand is the twenty-second season of the second generation Suitman's Survivor Series, which began on February 16, 2015, and ended with a live reunion on March 25, 2015.

It ended with John B. defeating Ethan H. and Joe E. at the Final Tribal Council in a 4-3 vote. At the Reunion, Nathan won Fan Favorite.

Production

This season features eighteen former castaways, divided into three tribes of six. They have all only played once before, with the exception of two people, and are this season divided into tribes based on three categories. Pre-merge boots ("Failures"), those who made the Final 3/2 ("Finalists"), and a selection of popular castaways ("Favorites"). The tribes for this season are named after places in New Zealand. The tribes are Kaota, wearing orange, Mamoe, in dark purple, and Takoto, with dark green. On Day 8, the tribes merged into Akarana, wearing red.

The entire cast of returning players were hand-picked by the host this season. The castaways were chosen for fitting one of the three divisional categories of the season - Failures, Finalists and Favorites. The full cast of 18 and tribal designations were revealed on February 8, 2015.

Twists

  • Failures vs. Finalists vs. Favorites: The tribes were divided by three distinct categories this season. Pre-merge boot failures (Kaota), past season finalists (Mamoe), and an arrangement of favorite castaways (Takoto).
  • Risky Reward: Castaways had the opportunity to trade in their tribe's chance at immunity for a shared hidden immunity idol before the first challenge of the season. If two people from the same tribe decided to take an idol together, then one member of that tribe would have been forced to sit out for two challenges. It's a choice between keeping the tribe safe, or risking that for your own gains.
  • Reverse & Revoke: Returning twist from Jan Mayen. On Day 1, the basic Survivor pre-merge format was reversed, so that the players voted first, and then did the challenge after. All castaways were required to send in votes for who they wished to be voted out, with the challenge then deciding which of the two electives for elimination stays, and which of the two goes home.
  • Three-Tribe Format: For the first time since Reclamation, the castaways were divided into three tribes instead of the usual two.
  • Returning Players: This season, eighteen returnees were all specifically selected to fit the three categories for this season. They have all only played once before, except Chris and Ryan, who have played twice before.
  • Tribe Switch: On Day 5, the Kaota, Mamoe and Takoto tribes underwent a tribe switch, mixing up the tribes. The Kaota tribe was dismantled in this switch, leaving only Mamoe and Takoto.
  • Hidden Immunity Idols: Due to the Risky Reward twist, the only idols in the game this season were the ones shared by the people who took the offer of trading tribe safety for their own.

Contestants

Contestant Tribe Affiliation Finish Votes
Against
Original Tribe Switched Tribe Merged Tribe
S22 Matt F.
Matt F.
19, Light Green
Jan Mayen
Kaota 1st Voted Out
Day 1
4
S22 Benny R.
Benny R.
18, Black
Jordan
Kaota 2nd Voted Out
Day 2
12
S22 Adam A.
Adam A.
15, Yellow
Great Britain
Mamoe 3rd Voted Out
Day 3
3
S22 Natalie S.
Natalie S.
18, Blue
Reclamation
Kaota Eliminated3
Day 4
2
S22 Kamani R.
Kamani R.
14, Yellow
Cursed Hand
Takoto Takoto 4th Voted Out
Day 5
4
S22 Ryan W.
Ryan W.
15, Yellow
Seychelles & Myanmar
Mamoe Takoto 5th Voted Out
Day 6
9
S22 Matthew S.
Matthew S.
15, Brown
Caicos Islands
Mamoe Takoto 6th Voted Out
Day 7
1
S22 Sim S.
Sim S.
16, Blue
Vietnam
Mamoe Mamoe Akarana Quit
Day 8
0
S22 Nathan D.
Nathan D.
17, Red
Reclamation
Takoto Takoto 7th Voted Out
1st Jury Member
Day 8
44
S22 Bennett C.
Bennett C.
17, Brown
Seychelles
Takoto Takoto 8th Voted Out
2nd Jury Member
Day 9
65
S22 Cedric T.
Cedric T.
19, TV Star
Vietnam
Takoto Takoto 9th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
Day 10
7
S22 Marshal M.
Marshal M.
16, Orange
Eritrea
Kaota Mamoe 10th Voted Out
4th Jury Member
Day 11
72
S22 Robby J.
Robby J.
14, Blue
Bingo vs. Suitman
Takoto Mamoe 11th Voted Out
5th Jury Member
Day 12
46
S22 Chris B.
Chris B.
16, Black
Brazil & All-Stars
Mamoe Takoto 12th Voted Out
6th Jury Member
Day 13
66
S22 Jordan M.
Jordan M.
17, Light Green
Caicos Islands
Kaota Mamoe Eliminated7
7th Jury Member
Day 13
4
S22 Joe E.
Joe E.
17, Silver
Reclamation
Mamoe Mamoe Third Place 2
S22 Ethan H.
Ethan H.
16, Gold
Eritrea
Takoto Mamoe Runner-up 9
S22 John B.
John B.
19, Light Green
Bingo vs. Suitman
Kaota Mamoe Sole Survivor 21

The Total Votes is the number of votes a castaway received during Tribal Councils where the castaway was eligible to be voted out of the game, excluding tiebreakers. It does not include the votes received during the final Tribal Council.

^1 Natalie played a hidden immunity idol on John, therefore 3 votes against John were not counted.
^2 Benny was voted out in a 3-0 tiebreaker vote between himself and Marshal. In the initial vote, Benny and Marshal received one vote each.
^3 Natalie was voted out after a 2-2 tie between herself and Marshal. Since there were only four voters, they both drew rocks to determine who was eliminated. Natalie drew the purple rock and was eliminated.
^4 Nathan played a hidden immunity idol, therefore 4 votes against him were not counted.
^5 Bennett played a hidden immunity idol, therefore 6 votes against him were not counted.
^6 Robby was voted out in a 3-1 tiebreaker vote between himself and Chris. In the initial vote, Robby and Chris received three votes each.
^7 Jordan was voted out after a 2-2 tie between himself and Ethan. Since there were only four voters, they both drew rocks to determine who was eliminated. Jordan drew the purple rock and was eliminated.

The Game

Episode Air Date Immunity Eliminated Vote Finish
1 "That Was Quite the Icebreaker" February 16, 2015 Takoto Matt 4-2 1st Voted Out
Day 1
Mamoe
2 "Robby Heart Throbby" February 17, 2015 Takoto Benny 1-1-02
3-01
2nd Voted Out
Day 2
Mamoe
3 "Options are Limited" February 21, 2015 Kaota Adam 3-2-1 3rd Voted Out
Day 3
Takoto
4 "Blowing a Kiss For the Hate" February 26, 2015 Mamoe Natalie 2-2
Tiebreaker3
Eliminated
Day 4
Takoto
5 "The Boring Stain Bears" February 28, 2015 Mamoe Kamani 4-3 4th Voted Out
Day 5
6 "Ugly Ass Rodent" March 1, 2015 Mamoe Ryan 5-1 5th Voted Out
Day 6
7 "Thank Jesus Hallelujah!" March 2, 2015 Mamoe Matthew 1-04 6th Voted Out
Day 7
8 "I'm Not Entirely a Failure" March 7, 2015 Ethan Sim No Vote Quit
Day 8
Nathan 3-1-05 7th Voted Out
1st Jury Member
Day 8
9 "Better Than Spam" March 9, 2015 Robby Bennett 6-3 8th Voted Out
2nd Jury Member
Day 9
10 "Juicy Plans and Stuff Like That" March 11, 2015 Robby Cedric 7-1 9th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
Day 10
11 "That One Crazy Uncle" March 18, 2015 Robby Marshal 4-3 10th Voted Out
4th Jury Member
Day 11
12 "Anyone Can Win" March 21, 2015 Joe Robby 3-3
3-11
11th Voted Out
5th Jury Member
Day 12
13 "My Parents Want to Go to Olive Garden" March 24, 2015 Ethan Chris 3-2 12th Voted Out
6th Jury Member
Day 13
John Jordan 2-2
Tiebreaker3
Eliminated
7th Jury Member
Day 13
Reunion Show March 25, 2015 Jury Vote Joe 4-3-0 Third Place
Ethan Runner-up
John Sole Survivor

^1 Due to a tie, there was a re-vote between the tied players.
^2 Natalie played a hidden immunity idol on John, therefore 3 votes against John were not counted.
^3 Following a tie vote featuring only four castaways, the two tied castaways were forced to pick rocks to decide who would go home, with a 50/50 chance of survival.
^4 Nathan played a hidden immunity idol, therefore 4 votes against him were not counted.
^5 Bennett played a hidden immunity idol, therefore 6 votes against him were not counted.

Voting Table

Original Tribes Switched Tribes Merged Tribe
Episode #: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
Eliminated: S22 Matt F.bw
Matt
S22 Benny R.bw
Benny
S22 Adam A.bw
Adam
S22 Natalie S.bw
Natalie
S22 Kamani R.bw
Kamani
S22 Ryan W.bw
Ryan
S22 Matthew S.bw
Matthew
S22 Sim S.bw
Sim
S22 Nathan D.bw
Nathan
S22 Bennett C.bw
Bennett
S22 Cedric T.bw
Cedric
S22 Marshal M.bw
Marshal
S22 Robby J.bw
Robby
S22 Chris B.bw
Chris
S22 Jordan M.bw
Jordan
S22 Joe E.bw
Joe
S22 Ethan H.bw
Ethan
S22 John B.
John
Vote: 4-2 1-1-01 3-0 3-2-1 2-2 No Vote2 4-3 5-1 1-03 No Vote 3-1-04 6-3 7-1 4-3 3-3 3-1 3-2 2-2 No Vote5 4-3-0
John Jordan Benny Benny Marshal Bennett Bennett Cedric Ethan Robby Robby Chris Ethan Jury Vote
Ethan Bennett Bennett Cedric Marshal Chris Chris Chris Jordan
Joe Adam Nathan Ethan Cedric Marshal Chris Robby John Jordan
Jordan Matt John Benny Natalie Bennett Bennett Cedric Ethan Robby Robby Chris Ethan Eliminated John
Chris Adam Kamani Nathan Nathan Nathan Ethan Cedric Marshal Robby None John John
Robby Bennett Bennett Cedric Marshal Chris None Ethan
Marshal Matt John None Natalie Bennett Bennett Cedric Ethan Ethan
Cedric Kamani Ryan Nathan Robby Ethan Ethan John
Bennett Kamani Ryan Nathan Nathan S-V John
Nathan Ryan Ryan Matthew Bennett Ethan
Sim Adam Quit
Matthew Joe Kamani Ryan Nathan
Ryan S-V S-V S-V
Kamani Ryan
Natalie Matt Marshal Benny Marshal Eliminated
Adam Joe
Benny Matt John None
Matt Jordan

^1 Natalie played a hidden immunity idol on John, therefore 3 votes against John were not counted.
^2 Natalie was voted out after a 2-2 tie between herself and Marshal. Since there were only four voters, they both drew rocks to determine who was eliminated. Natalie drew the purple rock and was eliminated.
^3 Nathan played a hidden immunity idol, therefore 4 votes against him were not counted.
^4 Bennett played a hidden immunity idol, therefore 6 votes against him were not counted.

Returning Players

Season Castaways
S24 Last Leap S22 Ethan H.
Ethan H.
S22 Joe E.
Joe E.
S22 Jordan M.
Jordan M.
S22 Robby J.
Robby J.
S25 Conqueror's Crusade John B.
John B.
S30 Polynesia S22 Robby J.
Robby J.
S33 Puerto Rico S22 Matt F.
Matt F.
S35b Worlds Collide S22 Joe E.
Joe E.
S22 Matt F.
Matt F.
S37 Indonesia Natalie S.
Natalie S.
S39 Entitled vs. Earned S22 Ethan H.
Ethan H.
S22 Joe E.
Joe E.
S22 Robby J.
Robby J.
S40 Ragnarok John B.
John B.

Gallery

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