Celebrity Treasure Island 2021: Sir Wayne ‘Buck’ Shelford, Chris Parker among celebrities competing on reality show
Sir Wayne ‘Buck’ Shelford. Photo / included
Some of New Zealand’s most famous faces will compete against each other on Celebrity Treasure Island later this year.
Matt Chisholm and ZM Drive host Bree Tomasel return to host the competition and put the celebrities through their paces.
In 2019, Coast radio host Sam Wallace battled it out for $ 100,000 for his chosen charity, Starship.
Today TVNZ announced the first six participants to join Celebrity Treasure Island NZ’s camp. The show was filmed on location due to Covid-19 travel restrictions.
Angela Bloomfield, Shortland Street star
Bloomfield appeared on our beloved soap as Rachel McKenna for 24 years, and now the 48-year-old is ready to tackle Celebrity Treasure Island.
Angela Bloomfield. Photo / included
She competes for her selected charity, PolyEmp, which helps young people with special needs find their first job after school or in college.
The actress isn’t sure how her time on the island will go, but she is eager to measure herself.
“I’m not nervous, there are two extremes – either I’ll be a camp mom or I’ll have a panic attack on a mountain top.
Sir Wayne ‘Buck’ Shelford, Former Captain of the All Blacks
A competitor who needs no introduction is All Blacks legend Sir ‘Buck’ Shelford.
The 63-year-old former All Black and men’s health lawyer competes for his select charity, Te Kiwi Maia, which works to support our country’s first responders.
Shelford says he’s turned down a lot of other reality shows and his common sense will be one of his greatest strengths.
“I’ve been asked to do many of these types of programs before and I decline because I’m so busy in my life doing the things I want to do.
“I don’t really consider myself a celebrity, I’m just a former rugby player. I spend a lot of my free time working with charities,” he says, adding that he is busy as president of a rugby club, as are his grandchildren .
Chris Parker, comedian
Parker, who entertained the country with his hilarious skits and epic felting skills during our Covid-19 lockdowns, acts on the stage for a competitive island paradise.
Chris Parker. Photo / included
The 30-year-old comedian “obviously” supports the Rainbow Youth charity, he says.
“I’m gay. I wanted to support a charity that works and supports queer youth in New Zealand.”
He decided to join Celebrity Treasure Island to face the ultimate challenge himself.
“Life can be so boring and routine,” he says.
“My greatest strength is my beautiful body! No, I think I will be a great supporter: I play for the team. There is no deception with me – I am completely honest and completely love.”
Jess Tyson, former Miss World New Zealand and TV news reporter
Tyson won the Miss World New Zealand contest in 2018 and now works as a reporter for Te Ao Māori News for Māori Television.
Jess Tyson. Photo / included
The 28-year-old competes for her own charity, Brave, which helps young people affected by sexual violence.
Tyson has competitive strength and will use this to their advantage in competition.
Joe Daymond, comedian
Joining fellow comedian Chris Parker on the island is Joe Daymond, who has more than 100,000 followers on his social media accounts. He uses his platform to entertain and educate people against racism.
Joe Daymond. Photo / included
The 24-year-old’s chosen charity is Movember: “I’m a really big advocate of mental health, and especially men’s health,” he says.
He prepares his body for the dietary restrictions on the island.
“I heard that we were very strict about rice, so I only ate sushi three meals a day.”
Lana Searle, radio presenter
Mediaworks radio host Lana Searle (Ngāti Kuri) wants to use her strategy and knowledge of nature to her advantage on the island.
Lana Searle. Photo / included
The 34-year-old supports a charity called 4th Gen founded by her iwi, which finds ways to educate people about the cultural and biosecurity problems of our ecosystem.
“I think I can win,” she says.
“I feel most comfortable in the underdog environment.”
• Celebrity Treasure Island returns to TVNZ 2 this September.