Shayna "Shay" Tapusoa is a contestant from Survivor New Zealand: Nicaragua.

Shay seemingly started off as the strongest female castaway, socially and physically. This put her in a strong position in the tribe, with close bonds with Sala Tiatia and Avi Duckor-Jones. Despite this good position, she often made several questionable moves, putting a target on her back. After a tribe swap, she was put in the new Mogotón tribe as the only woman, and was voted out after the rest of tribe threw the Immunity Challenge in hopes of eliminating her. Their plan backfired as Shay defeated Georgia Bergerson in her first Redemption Island duel, which also brought her back into the game at the merge. She immediately joined the majority with new-found friend Shannon Quinn, but after Shannon's elimination, she could not find a way back into the majority and was voted out on Day 32 despite Avi's attempt to save her from elimination. She lost her second Redemption Island duel to Mike Sparrow and Jak Thomas, ultimately placing 7th.


How would you describe yourself? Always smiling and laughing. Unless I'm hungry, then I'm always angry.
Why are you doing Survivor? I don't have glamorous dresses so I had to pass on The Bachelor – well, that and I'm married...but more the dress thing. Plus, I was due for an adventure.
What did you do to prepare? I went to FastFit boot camps four times a week to get my butt kicked! I also asked my father-in-law to teach me how to start a fire. After a long day of failed attempts trying Man Vs Wild tricks, I just used a lighter. I still have trust issues with Bear Grylls.
What are your pet peeves? Whiny people and buzz killers. There's nothing worse than when you're having a good time and someone kills your buzz. As a teenager, I remember I stayed late at a friend's house and didn't tell my parents then I got a "you're in trouble…" text from my sister. That was the worst.
What's your strategy? Love everyone, trust no one.

Survivor NZ

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Voting History

Shay's Voting History
Episode Shay's
Voted Against
1 Hannah -
2 Tony -
4 Lou -
6 Mogotón Tribe Immune
8 Mike Jak, Lee, Mike
Voted Out, Day 16
9 On Redemption Island
Returned, Day 17
10 Lee Jak, Lee,
Mike, Tom
11 Mike Jak, Mike, Tom
12 Jak -
13 Jak -
14 Barb -
16 Barb Avi, Barb
Nate, Tom
Voted Out, Day 32
17 On Redemption Island
Eliminated, Day 34
Voted for
Sole Survivor


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  • Shay was the highest placing woman of the original Mogotón and the only one who made it to the merge.
  • Shay was the first person in Survivor New Zealand to return from Redemption Island.
  • Shay was the first person in Survivor New Zealand to be voted out twice in the same season.


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