About the show
Fourteen New Zealand celebrities are marooned on an uninhabited Pacific island, left to catch and cook their own food, and to compete against each other for prizes and the chance of winning up to $75,000 for the charity of their choice.
Josh Kronfeld and Lana Coc-Kroft will lead their respective teams. Lana's team is made up of entertainer Joe Cotton, TV presenters Jayne Kiely and Charlotte Dawson, model Aja Rock, Penthouse Pet Hayley Marie Byrnes, and four times World Women's Surf Champion Wendy Botha Todd. They have put away the lipstick and packed up their cell phones as they prepare to rough it out on an uninhabited island.
Josh Kronfeld's team consists off broadcaster Simon Barnett, professional surfer Maz Quinn, rugby league legends Ian Roberts and Brent Todd, champion youth triathlete Terenzo Bozzone, and rugby star Troy Flavell. They are determined to do whatever it takes to win against the girls team and take out the prize money.
"The rivalry between the teams has never been as intense as this series," says producer Darryl McEwen. "There were times when the captains - Lana Coc-Kroft and Josh Kronfeld - looked like they wanted to tear each other apart."
Each of the eight one-hour episodes begins with a terminator challenge where one person from each team is nominated to compete in a three-round challenge. The winner of the terminator decides which person leaves the island from each team at the end of that episode.
By giving the power to one person at the beginning of the hour, a fascinating story arc of lobbying and powerplays develops as just one person wields the power for that episode (and the others must be careful to keep on his or her right side).
This year, the terminators chose to eliminate people for all sorts of reasons - because they thought an opposition team member looked like a winner and so needed to be got rid of, because they thought they were manipulating a team-mate and could not be trusted or just because they didn't like them!
"We made the challenge much more difficult this year so that the teams would really have to earn their rewards. This made the competition much more serious and brought with it more fights and more tears!" says McEwen.
The second challenge in each episode involves the teams competing for a piece of a skeleton. The first team to complete their skeleton will win the ultimate prize - it wasn't until episode eight that one team got to spend a night at a luxury resort!
Each episode ends with the terminator announcing who must leave the island. One person from each team is eliminated. The longer each celebrity can last on the island, the more money they win for their favourite charity.
Highlights of the series include the intense, and sometimes bitter, rivalry between the team captains, Lana Coc-Kroft and Josh Kronfeld; the shock of Aja Rock's close encounter with a poisonous snake; a physical fight between the men and the women for the island's only airbed; a cheating scandal by one contestant overturns the result of a key challenge; Charlotte Dawson begging the male team members to take her away from the island; two of the men handcuffed together for 24 hours - including in the shower; the agony of some of the challenges and the inevitable tears as a result - high drama on Treasure Island.
All of the team members will be under the watchful eye of Louise
Wallace, the show's host, who made such a mark as a contestant on
last year's Celebrity Treasure Island.