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

Sala started in a stable position with several strong relationships with his Mogotón tribemates. His alliances with Lou McClintockShay Tapusoa, and Avi Duckor-Jones kept his status strong even after the tribe swap, in addition to his new friendships with Barb Raos and Nate Davis. After the merge, his newfound yet strong relationship with Shannon Quinn kept them within the majority, but a blindside organized by Barb sent Sala to Redemption Island. He lost his first duel against Mike Sparrow, leaving him in 9th place overall.


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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