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Fish out of Water Television – 1997 Documentary Reality TV

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This early TV3 reality TV doco — predating Survivor by three years — saw six Kiwi teenagers marooned for eight days on Rakitu Island to fend for themselves. The three girls and three boys facing the Lord of the Flies challenge included future National MP for Auckland Central, Nikki Kaye, who defies the producers’ pigeonhole as “the private school girl who couldn't survive without a hairdryer” by taking the leader’s role and clubbing an eel. The experience had an impact on Kaye; she later opposed her own party’s 2010 proposal to mine on nearby Great Barrier Island.

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[Fish out of Water will] explore how they would start a new society if they were the only people left on earth.
- From the TV3 press release for the documentary