Heartbreak Island contestant Tavita Karika - everything you need to know

His idea of a perfect date is KFC on the beach!

Meet Tavita, a 29-year-old personal trainer from Christchurch.
Tavita says he has a boyish charm and a full-of-beans personality.
Tavita, 29.

Tavita in his own words

I may be a personal trainer, but a mean feed of KFC on a date will get me going! I'm best described as flirtatious, charming and handsome, but, jokes aside, I'm the eldest in the group and love helping others achieve their goals. I played NBL for the Southland Sharks and QBL for Maroochydore Clippers, but now I'm keen to make the move into youth work so I can use health and fitness to help kids in less fortunate circumstances.

Describe yourself in three words

Other people have said I'm flirtatious, charming and handsome.

What is the most surprising thing about you?

I played NBL for the Southland Sharks and I played QBL for Maroochydore Clippers.

Describe your ideal date...

Something simple; a mean feed of KFC either in the booth or at the beach.

Describe your ideal partner and what qualities they'd have...

I'd be looking for a rad girl who can make ya boy giggle!

Relationship deal-breakers?

Chewing too loudly... it's not funny just don't do it.


A delicious smelling perfume.


A girl with no booty, stinky armpits and passing wind.

Who is your celebrity crush?

Michelle Rodriguez (but only when she was in the Fast and Furious).