Barbara "Barb" Raos is a contestant from Survivor New Zealand: Nicaragua.


How would you describe yourself? I am determined, authentic, trustworthy, practical, creative and fun to be around.
Why are you doing Survivor? Let's call it a midlife crisis. I'm a long-time fan and the opportunity to do something challenging and outrageous was tempting, and I wanted to show my children a different version of their mum.
What did you do to prepare? I walked 55 km a week and swam 2 km four times a week. I ate small plain meals. I practiced balancing by walking around a horse arena. I attempted starting fires and cracked a few coconuts – voila, a Survivor contestant is made.
What are your pet peeves? People who just never shut up. Work-shy, lazy types, and those who take themselves too seriously and do not lighten up.
What's your strategy? To stay true, I don't want to be in an alliance until I have seen the personalities and emotional intelligence of my tribe. I'd rather play as an individual as I know my worth and trust my own perception and intuition rather than be in a herd.

Survivor NZ

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Voting History

Barb's Voting History
Episode Barb's
Voted Against
1 Dee Dee
2 Hermosa Tribe Immune
4 Hermosa Tribe Immune
6 Georgia -
8 Hermosa Tribe Immune
10 Lee -
11 Mike -
12 Sala -
13 Jak -
14 Shannon Shannon, Shay
16 Shay Shay
18 Nate Individual Immunity
19 Mike -
Nate -
Jury Votes
for Barb
Second Runner-Up, Day 40


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  • Barb is the oldest woman to compete on the Survivor New Zealand franchise.
  • Barb is the oldest member of the original Hermosa tribe.
  • Barb was the highest ranking woman on Survivor New Zealand: Nicaragua.
  • Barb is the highest-ranking member of the original Hermosa tribe.


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