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Will an All Black great, a reality TV stalwart or perhaps a dancer have what it takes to win Celebrity Treasure Island?
TVNZ has announced the full cast of 21 for this season of the reality contest. After a Covid-19 necessitated break last year, this season of Celebrity Treasure Island was filmed over summer in New Zealand.
The competition took place in the Far North – on the coast rather than an island.
Hosts Matt Chisholm and Bree Tomasel would be making their return to the show, TVNZ said.
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The show was set to air in September.
Here are the competitors:
No New Zealand reality show is complete without one of the Greens. Art Green will be taking on Celebrity Treasure Island.
He was competing for Surf Lifesaving.
Johnny Tuivasa-Sheckm played for the Warriors and started a popular YouTube channel four years ago.
He was going on the show to raise money for Le Va, a charity which helped Pasifika families with mental health, addiction, and training programmes.
Edna Swart is a reality television star and entrepreneur.
She appeared on the TVNZ series Boss Babes, and sold beauty products online.
She was competing for the Stroke Foundation, after her mother died from a stroke.
Huriana Manuel played for the Black Ferns and Black Ferns 7’s, including acting as captain.
With the 7’s, she earned a silver medal at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
She was competing for Starship.
Richie Barnett represented New Zealand in rugby league, playing for teams including NZ Māori and Auckland during the 90s.
He also played offshore, including for the Sydney Roosters and London Broncos.
He was competing on Treasure Island for his own charity, the Sports Implementation Foundation.
On Friday, TVNZ confirmed a further five contestants who competed on Celebrity Treasure Island. They were:
Joe Naufahu crosses the sporting and entertainment realms, who starred on shows such Game of Thrones after a career in professional rugby.
Naufahu played in Canterbury, before moving to the UK to play rugby for teams such as the Glasgow Warriors.
In 2016, he acted in Game of Thrones. He also appeared in the New Zealand rugby reality show Second Chance Charlie this year.
He was competing for Breast Cancer New Zealand.
Veteran dancer, choreographer and instructor Candy Lane will be familiar to many.
She co-hosted Dancing with the Stars alongside Jason Gunn from 2005 to 2009, and continued to work in dance from her studio in Auckland.
She was competing for Endometriosis NZ.
Comedian Brynley Stent is going to Celebrity Treasure Island to raise money for Leukaemia & Blood Cancer NZ, after her mother died due to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Stent appeared on Taskmaster NZ, and also acted on Shortland St.
Casey Frank played professional basketball for 16 years. Playing in Europe, Australia and New Zealand, he represented New Zealand in the Tall Blacks and played for the Wellington Saints, Breakers, and Waikato Pistons.
His chosen charity was Kids Can.
Mai FM morning host Tegan Yorwarth has been a longtime supporter of The Period Place, a charity focused on providing information and period products to anyone who needs it.
She hosted the Period Place podcast, and had chosen it as her charity for Treasure Island.
On Wednesday, five competitors were confirmed for Celebrity Treasure Island. They were:
Kimberley Crossman has worked across all corners of media, from starting as an actor on Shortland St, to reporting for E! and The Project.
She’s a dancer, author, actor, producer and broadcaster, and will compete on Celebrity Treasure Island for the SPCA.
As an actor, JJ Fong has worked on shows such as Brokenwood Mysteries, Shorltand St and Go Girls. She’s also a writer and producer, who’s helped to create series such as Flat3 and Creamerie.
Fong was competing for Leukaemia & Blood Cancer NZ.
Tammy Davis is the host of dance music station George FM’s breakfast show, but he’s no stranger to television.
Davis also worked as an actor, first appearing on television and on the big screen in 1999. He starred in Jackson’s Wharf and What Becomes of the Broken Hearted? He played “Munter” in Outrageous Fortune.
He was competing for Love Somebody, a newly established charity focused on suicide prevention and mental wellbeing with a Pasifika focus. Its programmes were open to all.
Anna Simcic won gold at the Auckland 1990 Commonwealth Games, swimming 200m backstroke.
She’d made a name for herself as a young, ambitious swimmer from Christchurch – and went on to compete at two Olympic Games and two Commonwealth Games.
Simcic remained involved in sport, working as an advisor to athletes.
She was competing for mental health charity I Am Hope.
Lance Savali is an international choreographer and dancer, working with the likes of Beyonce, J-Lo, Chris Brown, Rihanna and RuPaul Charles.
He was competing for the Heart Foundation.
On Monday, TVNZ confirmed the first six competitors to appear on Celebrity Treasure Island 2021. They were:
Former Shortland St star and director Angela Bloomfield would be competing for her chosen charity, PolyEmp. The organisation provided employment and advisory support for people living with disabilities.
After leaving Shortland St last year, Bloomfield moved into real estate and started working with Ray White.
Comedian Joe Daymond, 24, has more than 100,000 followers across social media where he often centres his comedy on social issues such as racism.
He also worked as a writer on shows such as Jono and Ben, and has performed at comedy festivals in New Zealand and Melbourne.
The Māori and Fijian comic was competing for the charity Movember, which worked in the field of men’s mental health.
Sir Wayne ‘Buck’ Shelford is no stranger to competition. He’s one of the most well recognised All Blacks in history.
At 63 years old, Shelford was appearing on Celebrity Treasure Island for the charity Te Kiwi Maia. It worked to provide support the mental and physical recoveries of those injured helping New Zealand. Its focus was on people such as the armed forces, paramedics and the fire service.
Comedian Chris Parker makes regular appearances at New Zealand’s comedy festivals and television shows such as Have You Been Paying Attention.
He was supporting Rainbow Youth.
Journalist Jess Tyson reports on entertainment and culture for Māori Television.
She also won Miss World New Zealand in 2018.
She was competing for the charity Brave, which worked to raise awareness about sexual violence in New Zealand. It also provided services to help young Kiwis affected by sexual violence.
You’ll recognise Lana Searle’s voice, as one of the hosts on More FM’s Breakfast Club.
She was competing for the charity 4th Gen.