Watch­ing Sur­vivor an en­durance event

Kiwi con­tes­tants far more hum­ble than brasher Amer­i­cans.

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want to lather my­self in the blood of my en­e­mies.’’ That’s not what you want to hear from some­one you’re about to spend six weeks with on a re­mote is­land. But that was the open­ing line from one con­tes­tant in

(week­days, don’t want it too easy I guess.

In the first episode of Sur­vivor NZ, where the prize is $100,000, com­peti­tors had to grab use­ful items from a row­ing boat pulled up on the beach and put them on their tribe’s mat about 3 me­tres away.

So, yes, the Amer­i­cans have done it big­ger and brasher. Bet­ter? Well, it de­pends on your cri­te­ria. The trou­ble with the se­ries – aside from the hor­ri­ble idea of re­ward­ing peo­ple for be­hav­ing ap­pallingly – is that it’s pretty bor­ing. There’s end­less wan­der­ing around in the bushes talk­ing about who is go­ing to vote for who. But nearly ev­ery­one lies and changes their mind, so noth­ing they say re­ally mat­ters.

And even the chal­lenges don’t re­ally add to the in­ter­est. A re­cent New Zealand one in­volved con­tes­tants stand­ing. Sure it was on footholds on walls. But still, it was peo­ple stand­ing. For 45 min­utes.

There are so many bet­ter things to watch.

Sur­vivor NZ host Matt Chisholm is deal­ing with 16 mod­est Ki­wis do­ing fairly mun­dane ‘‘chal­lenges’’.

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