Sala Tiatia
Survivor nz1 sala
Contestant Profile
Hometown: Christchurch
Occupation: Youth Worker
Survivor Career
Version: New Zealand
Survivor NZ: Nicaragua
Tribe(s): Mogotón
► Hermosa
Finish: 9/16
Challenge Wins: 3
Votes Against: 4
Days Lasted: 27

Matai'a Salatielu "Sala" Tiatia is a contestant from Survivor NZ: Nicaragua.


How would you describe yourself? I am a NZ born Samoan who loves his stunning Maori Queen and six children. I love loving people and enjoy serving them, especially young people from all walks of life. I am an undercover artist who loves to paint, sing, and act. I love contact sport, so I am always keen to smash and crash into people whether it be legal or not.

Why are you doing Survivor? I have always been a fan of the show from the very first series and always wondered how I would go in it! Also – the struggle is real for me and my family, so the possibility of winning the prize money would be amazing too!

What did you do to prepare? I started training with my dear friend Vicky who helped me prepare, but my diet was pretty rubbish – I kept loading up with junk food. I watched YouTube clips on how to open coconuts, how to start a fire, and build a shelter.

What are your pet peeves? Arrogance and liars I struggle with big time. People who talk a lot and can't back.

What's your strategy? I don't have a strategy to be honest – other than to just be who I am. A person who connects well with people and create a culture of kotahitanga and whakawhanaungatanga where people feel safe and included. The goal is to just be me – and hopefully show that good guys can win Survivor.

Survivor NZ

Voting History

Sala's Voting History
Episode Sala's
Voted Against
1 Hannah -
2 Tom -
4 Izzy -
6 Georgia -
8 Hermosa Tribe Immune
10 Lee -
11 Mike -
12 Jak Barb, Jak,
Shannon, Tom
Voted Off, Day 24
13 On Redemption Island
Eliminated, Day 26
Voted for
Sole Survivor


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