Youth worker, 40, from Christchurch
"I am strong. I am a big encourager and motivator. I also listen to people's ideas and will bring people together to get stuff done."
"I work hard and take initiative but can follow instructions well and am teachable," he says.
"Betrayal and lies."
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Business analyst, 27, from Tauranga
"I feel that I've got all the skills the winner of
needs: physical, social, stamina, and mental strength."
"I'm strategic, like big challenges, and like being pushed to my limit."
Customer service rep, 29, from Auckland
"I am a huge fan and have been watching since 2000."
"I know Doritos work great as firestarter and that it is possible to steal a fish from a seagull."
"If someone attempted to vote me out."
Auckland mother, 53.
"I'm trustworthy, tenacious, practical, fun, calm under pressure, a self-starter and very good at reading people and situations."
"I have a lot of common sense and have lived a normal Kiwi outdoor life."
"I don't want to be the worst in the tribe and embarrass my kids by being the first to go home.
Senior police sergeant, 45, from Dannevirke
I am strong emotionally, and still reasonably strong physically. I am very strong mentally."
"I worked on some core strength and fitness training, and studied personality traits and neuro-linguistic programming."
"If you cross me or lie to me - it will be extremely hard for me to respect you again."
Youth expedition leader, 32, from Wellington
Adaptable, enthusiastic, reckless.
"I am very well-prepared to go into a group situation as a listener, leader, and facilitator."
"I'm not great with snoring. Also repetition, as in conversation."
Zookeeper, 24, from Christchurch
"I'm physically strong, trustworthy and someone who doesn't require food to survive."
I'm a good strategist, I'll be strong in challenges and I'm a walking encyclopedia.
"If I felt that (someone was) going to turn on me, or if they were becoming too big of a threat."
Farmer, 19, from North Canterbury
"I'm a bubbly, friendly person who would give the shirt off my back if anyone needed it."
"I'm very adventurous and outgoing. Nothing will ever stop me."
"People clicking their bones, thinking they're right when they're wrong, not being loyal, lying."
Canyoning guide, 29, from Motueka
Laid back, inquisitive, adventurous.
He's so chill he could fly under the radar. His only gameplan is to "ride it like a wave, man".
Business support co-ordinator, 27, from Hamilton.
"I'm always willing to work hard to achieve the end goal and have a lot laughs and fun along the way."
I've been doing boot camp four days a week to get fit. I also asked my father-in-law to teach me how to start a fire."
"Whiny people and buzzkillers. There's nothing worse than when you're having a good time and someone kills your buzz."
Oil rig steward, 30, from Auckland
"I can rise to a challenge and be quite competitive. I'm inventive and can think creatively on the spot."
"I've travelled the world alone and have been in situations where I didn't know where I was going to sleep for the night."
"I don't mind the dirt, spiders or not having comforts, but if people are fake, I find it hard to warm to them."
Banking consultant, 22, from Lower Hutt
"I'm all about teamwork, getting the job done and chipping in until I get tired."
"I'll try to let other people make the big decisions so I don't get pinned for the big moves, but I will try to do enough so that if I do make it to the end I have a realistic shot at winning."
"People who hate Kanye West just because he is Kanye West."
Teacher, 26, from Tauranga
Happy, inquisitive, competitive.
"I'm lucky to have been able to travel to a lot of remote areas for surfing and camping."
Singer-dancer, 26, from Palmerston North
"I want to play the game as it comes, forming strong alliances, and give it everything I have."
"I trained, went to boot camps, ran, exercised and ate less to shrink my stomach to prepare for the worst."
"Laziness, superficial, and untrustworthy people."
Kindergarten Teacher, 27, from Whangarei
"A very alternative, kickass, powerlifting, sassy pinup gal with pink hair."
"I live by a motto of 'fit, healthy and strong at any size'. Beauty and strength comes in all shapes and sizes. I want to prove to people you are not defined by a number."
"Not much gets me riled up, but body shaming and judging someone based on what someone has said or on appearance."
Former soldier, 55, from Gisborne
"I'm a former Infantry soldier and instructor who has spent many years in the outdoors, including a few years up in the tropics."
"I trained in the jungles of Malaysia/Brunei and Papua New Guinea and completed the Combat Survival Course in Malaysia."
What: Survivor New Zealand
Where and when: Airing every Sunday and Monday night from May 7, TVNZ