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Vavau​ is a tribe from Australian Survivor (2016). Their tribe color is yellow.

A tribe of eclectic personalities, Vavau managed to gel early on to allow them to be virtually unbeatable in challenges. However a lopsided tribe switch decimated the tribe because their rivals won every single post swap challenge, merging with them with only a paltry roster of three.

Members

 Andrew Torrens
29, Brisbane, QLD
Marketing executive
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 Barry Lea
44, Cairns, QLD
Former professional rugby league player
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 Craig I'Anson
32, Brisbane, QLD
Recruitment officer
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 Jennah-Louise Salkeld
27, Gold Coast, QLD
Law graduate
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 Kate Campbell
28, Perth, WA
Financial analyst
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 Nick Iadanza
28, Adelaide, SA
High school teacher
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 Sue Clarke
59, Perth, WA
Retired customs officer
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 Tegan Haining
33, Sydney, NSW
Personal trainer
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 Andrew Torrens
    
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 Barry Lea
    
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 Conner Bethune
    
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 Craig I'Anson
    
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 Kate Campbell
    
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 Sam Webb
    
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 Sue Clarke
    
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 Andrew Torrens
         
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 Conner Bethune
         
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 Craig I'Anson
         
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 Kat Dumont
         
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 Kate Campbell
         
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 Kristie Bennett
         
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 Phoebe Timmins
         
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 Rohan MacLaren
         
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 Sue Clarke
         
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 Conner Bethune
              
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 Kate Campbell
              
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 Kristie Bennett
              
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 Phoebe Timmins
              
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Tribe History

Vavau started off as the strongest of the three starting tribes, winning five straight challenges. Their luck would run out at the Day 12 Immunity Challenge, resulting in them attending a Double Tribal Council with Saanapu. Barry announced to the tribe that he had no intention of strategising and would vote randomly, which bemused some of his tribemates.

Despite this, the majority settled on blindsiding Nick that night due to his untrustworthy nature, which came about after an egregious lie about an idol clue. However, it was later revealed that there was a non-elimination twist and that Nick would be swapped onto Saanapu instead. He chose his close ally Tegan to join him. In his place, Conner and Sam joined from Saanapu.

The two former Saanapus were welcomed into their new tribe. Vavau lost the next Immunity Challenge, and unanimously voted out Barry for his unwillingness to play the game.

On Day 19, a Tribe Switch occurred after Saanapu won a challenge, giving them the privilege to pick four members from the other two tribes, with those remaining becoming the new Vavau. Sam was picked to join Saanapu, while Rohan, Kat, Phoebe and Kristie joined from Aganoa.

The new tribe was quickly divided between the five old Vavau members and the four former Aganoa members. The majority alliance settled on Phoebe, but she played an idol which sent Rohan home instead, taking out Vavau's best challenge performer. Vavau subsequently struggled in challenges against the much stronger Saanapu, which saw the tribe continuously return to Tribal Council and become more and more demoralised.

Kat was next to go from the Aganoa minority due to challenge weakness, however, Kate and Craig both decided to go against their alliance to blindside Andrew for dragging the tribe down. This revolt didn't last long, as the old Vavau members quickly reformed to make a second attempt at taking out Phoebe. They didn't count on her playing a second idol, however, and Craig was sent home, taking out another one of the tribe's best challenge performers.

Phoebe attempted to further save herself by throwing her best friend Kristie under the bus for being more strategically aware than she appeared. Her blindside plans seemed to be perfectly in place until it was revealed that it was another non-elimination twist, this time Brooke from Saanapu could kidnap one of the Vavau members. She chose Sue, reducing Vavau to just four members.

However, Kristie caught onto what Phoebe was doing and managed to convince Conner and Kate to vote out Phoebe instead at the next Tribal Council. Vavau entered the merge in a vast 3-10 minority, living the rest of their days at their old camp.

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Trivia

  • Kate Campbell is the only original Vavau member to remain on the tribe during its whole existence.
  • Vavau is the first of the three original Australian Survivor (2016) tribes to be totally extinct, despite being the last tribe to lose a member.

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