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

Sala started in a strong position he made strong relationships mostly everyone on Mogotón, His strong alliances with LouShay and Avi kept his status strong even after the tribe swap making close friends with Barb and Nate. After the merge his newfound friendship with Shannon kept them within the majority after merge but after a Mastermind Blindslide organised by Barb, Sala was sent to Redemption Island 4-3-1 for his Social Threat and lost his first Redemption Island Duel to Mike Sparrow. Where he Placed 9th.


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

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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 Out, Day 24
13 On Redemption Island
Eliminated, Day 26
Voted for
Sole Survivor


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