Thursday 3 November 2022, Auckland – Jesse Tuke took home the Celebrity Treasure Island crown last night, winning $100,000 for Live Ocean Foundation.
Established by champion sailors Peter Burling and Blair Tuke, Live Ocean Foundation is committed to scaling up action for the ocean. 100% of the prize will go directly to our amazing partners on the ground delivering exceptional marine science, communications and innovations to protect the ocean and the life in it.
Battling against fellow Kiwi celebrities each competing for a charity of their choice, Tuke championed the work of Live Ocean Foundation. “Growing up I spent my childhood in and around the ocean. Kiwis have a unique connection to the ocean, and I have a real appreciation for everything it has given me. “
“It’s been understanding what has been happening and what we might lose if we don’t look after it which has really driven my passion for protecting it. The work Live Ocean and its partners do to help our ocean proposer is so critical for future generations,” he continued.
After an eventful series, Tuke reached the final three with Courtenay Louise and Elvis Lopeti and was crowned champion after battling through a series of challenges to find the buried treasure.
Of his win, Tuke said, “I’m definitely relieved as I felt like this was my game to lose. But to hang on and find that treasure is an incredibly proud moment. I know how much this money means for Live Ocean and to be able to bring that home to them is one the coolest things I’ve ever done in my life.”
Tuke also won several challenges during this time on the TVNZ program, winning an extra $10,000 for the foundation.
“It’s so awesome Jesse won Celebrity Treasure Island. I’m so proud of him taking out the crown and for representing Live Ocean so well “, said Blair Tuke, Live Ocean founder.
“Jesse gave it absolutely everything and we are so proud of him. Watching all the contestants compete for a range of incredible New Zealand charities has been both inspiring and really helpful for shining a light on the hugely important work that is done by the sector”, said Sally Paterson, Live Ocean Foundation Chief Executive.
Photo credit: Matt Klitscher