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The first two contestants of Survivor New Zealand season 2 have been announced, thanks to Wildcard entries from NZME radio stations ZM and The Hits.

Over the last week, The Hits’ Stace and Flynny and ZM’s Fletch, Vaughan and Megan each put two castaway hopefuls through Survivor-style challenges to decide who’ll be sent to the jungle for the world’s toughest game.

Last Friday, Stace and Flynny crowned Wellingtonian social worker KAYSHA LAHANA as The Hits’ Wildcard and first castaway of Survivor New Zealand season 2.

It was an epic battle between The Hits’ two Wildcard finalists - Kaysha and Waikato builder David "Jono" Kraezlin. From a super fan Survivor quiz; to ultimate fort building; to a creepy crawly eating challenge – it was almost too close to call, but a final public vote meant it was Kaysha who came out on top.

Kaysha looks forward to representing her community as she attempts to become the next Sole Survivor: “Being the Wildcard is tu meke. I can’t wait to represent my whānau, my community, and all Māori peeps. Eldest of 10 children, the chance to win $250k will really help my whanau thrive. By becoming the Wildcard, I’m giving up a trip to Ireland to see my sisters represent New Zealand in taekwondo – but it’s worth it! Being part of Survivor New Zealand is a dream come true.”

This morning, ZM’s Fletch, Vaughan and Megan announced that Auckland journalist and social influencer FRANKY MARCH, 24, took the title of ZM Wildcard in an epic play of social media prowess.

Franky was up against 22-year-old Auckland nanny and office manager Angus Blyth.

After taking over ZM’s Snapchat profile for a day – doing whatever came naturally, but ultimately trying to win the hearts of listeners – the fate of the ZM Wildcard finalists went to the fans.

Listeners voted for their favourite takeover, ultimately determining who would join Kaysha in the jungle. While it came down to the wire, it was Franky who proved they ruled supreme, securing their place as a season 2 castaway.

After a tough fight to secure her place in the competition Franky is ready for her next challenge: “If there's any reality TV show I would enter, it would only be something physically and mentally challenging – something that would drive me to my limits and bring out the best in me. Life throws you funny things now and again, this is one of them.

"The Wildcard challenge has already made me face one of my biggest fears - what other people think and say about me. In terms of actually surviving in the wild for 40 days, I can't wait to see what I am really made of.”

Split into Tribes, our Kiwi castaways will spend up to 40 days marooned on an island, battling it out in an ultimate test of endurance, strength, and strategy. Deprived of basic comforts and with little more than the clothes on their backs, they must survive the elements, build their own shelter, light their own fires, gather their own food, and fend for themselves.

This year, the stakes are higher but so is the reward. Season 2 castaways are not only playing for the coveted title of Sole Survivor but a life-changing $250,000.

The location of Survivor New Zealand is yet to be announced.

Stay tuned for more details on the new season of season 2 of Survivor New Zealand.

Applications for Survivor New Zealand have now closed.

Season two of Survivor New Zealand will air on TVNZ 2 at a later date.

Survivor New Zealand is produced by Warner Bros. International Television Production New Zealand.

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