Married At First Sight NZ 2018: Meet the singles

  • 16/09/2018

MediaWorks has revealed the 12 singles about to tie the knot with complete strangers in the new season of Married At First Sight NZ.

The hit reality TV show is returning to Three soon and will follow five women and seven men as they wed strangers, before seeing if their relationship works out... or falls apart.

The couples have been set up by relationship expert Tony Jones, who is said to match the love-seeking singles based on their personality types, core values, beliefs, shared goals and relationship experience.

"What we've learned from last year is that those who are prepared to really commit to the experiment, and are up front and honest about who they are, warts and all, have very different journeys," says Jones.

"We know we have found singles with commonality that are a genuine fit, but in order for these relationships to work the singles will need to be prepared to be their authentic selves and give it their all, despite the unique circumstances."

The 12 singles who wed in MAFS NZ 2018 are as follows:

Samuel Levi of Married At First Sight NZ 2018
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Samuel Levi

Age: 25
Occupation: Fashion content producer
Hometown: Auckland
Star sign: Aries
This man-about-town knows his hashtags from his handles, his statuses from his stories and his followers from his favourites.

His fashion-forward eye, astute sense of style and digital prowess has garnered him an impressive social media following.

After having had his heart broken several times, this fashionista has decided to finally put himself first, let his guard down and open himself up to love.

Monique Lee of Married At First Sight NZ 2018
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Monique Lee

Age: 25
Occupation: Teacher
Hometown: Christchurch
Star sign: Sagittarius
Armed with a secret tap dancing ability, this outgoing and effervescent gym lover is ready to quit the dating game and settle down with someone.

Describing herself as "single AF", Monique's biggest fear is parallel parking and her deal-breakers include men who are too cocky, right-wing, don't enjoy music or smoke.

She's hoping her partner will be taller than her, family-orientated, confident, funny, non-judgemental and open-minded.

Gareth Noble of Married At First Sight NZ 2018
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Gareth Noble

Age: 26
Occupation: Apprentice barber
Hometown: Cromwell
Star sign: Sagittarius
This South African-born tattooed hipster is described as cheeky, confident, caring and passionate about yoga, sport and cooking.

Gareth wants a partner who is easy-going and relaxed, confident and driven, not afraid to try new things or step out of their comfort zone.

His favourite place in the world is Las Vegas, his favourite food is Mexican and his favourite TV show is Westside.

Yuki Sato of Married At First Sight NZ 2018
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Yuki Sato

Age: 31
Occupation: Hairdresser and business owner
Hometown: Christchurch
Star sign: Libra
This dog-loving Cantabrian was born in Saitama, Japan but has lived in New Zealand for 16 years. She reckons most men expect a "submissive, little Japanese girl", but she's anything but!

Yuki believes in love at first sight and comes to the experiment with an open mind and an open heart.

She's looking to settle down with a husband who is honest, kind, humble and shares her values.

Fraser Pearce of Married At First Sight NZ 2018
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Fraser Pearce

Age: 27
Occupation: Policy analyst
Hometown: Wellington
Star sign: Sagittarius
He's never experienced it himself, but this self-described likeable nice guy believes in love at first sight.

Fraser loves to sing, and can do several accents - including a pretty convincing Gollum voice.

Compassionate, loyal, and at a times a bit of a goofball, he seeks physical affection and words of affirmation from his future partner - but doesn't want someone who is intolerant, close-minded or who has no sense of humour.

Ottie Schwartz of Married At First Sight NZ 2018
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Ottie Schwartz

Age: 32
Occupation: Promo manager
Hometown: Christchurch
Star sign: Sagittarius
Described as a life-of-the-party blonde bombshell, Ottie sums herself up as "crazy and beautiful".

Her favourite food is Mexican, favourite pastime is watching Netflix with her dog, and her proudest moment is buying her first home on her own.

Ottie has been burnt before, and as a result draws a line in the sand when it comes to anyone with a history of cheating.

Dave McClelland of Married At First Sight NZ 2018
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Dave McClelland

Age: 44
Occupation: Entrepreneur
Hometown: Dunedin
Star sign: Pisces
A keen photographer, self-confessed aviation geek and sometime comedian, Dave knows what he wants when it comes to love.

Dave turned to MAFS NZ in the hope of meeting the woman of his dreams. He doesn't want someone who is fake or who changes after the honeymoon period.

Loyalty is of high importance to the driven Dunedinite, who claims to have never cheated on a past partner.

Ksenia Smorodinova of Married At First Sight NZ 2018
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Ksenia Smorodinova

Age: 33
Occupation: Sales manager
Hometown: Auckland
Star sign: Scorpio
This Russian-born beauty was coaxed into applying for MAFS NZ by her friends and she doesn't want a partner who is dishonest, selfish or suffers a lack of ambition.

Ksenia is a lover of all things outdoors with an insatiable lust for life, whose heart would be set aflutter by a buff, funny Kiwi bloke with a nice smile.

Her favourite place in the world is Waiheke Island and she loves a good cooked brekkie.

Tayler Morgan of Married At First Sight NZ 2018
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Tayler Morgan

Age: 29
Occupation: Apprentice industrial electrician
Hometown: Christchurch
Star sign: Taurus
This lover of cats, EDM music, ice hockey, red wine and baking describes himself as loving and romantic, and wants those same qualities in his soulmate.

Despite labelling himself as confident, Tayler says he has "no game" when it comes to dating, so has turned to MAFS NZ to try and find his perfect match.

He hopes to find someone who has nice eyes, nice hair and a solid sense of humour.

Julia Malley of Married At First Sight NZ 2018
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Julia Malley

Age: 32
Occupation: Account manager
Hometown: Christchurch
Star sign: Cancer
A self-described extrovert, this bubbly, passionate Cantabrian reckons she always says what's on her mind.

Julia's ideal life partner is someone with a sense of humour who is tall, kind, manly, a good communicator and possesses emotional intelligence.

She's been single six years and thinks she has an unfortunate knack for picking the wrong type of men, wearing her heart on her sleeve and getting hurt easily.

Dan McLaughlan of Married At First Sight NZ 2018
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Dan McLaughlan

Age: 30
Occupation: Electrician
Hometown: Wellington
Star sign: Scorpio
This happy-go-lucky lad from Lower Hutt describes himself as reliable, trustworthy, positive and a "constant talker".

Dan joins MAFS NZ looking to find his best friend, someone he can continue his globe-trotting with - someone who enjoys life and doesn't take things too seriously.

He wants an independent "Jennifer Lawrence type" - someone cute, fun, open to trying new things and who wants an equal relationship.

Wayne McIntosh of Married At First Sight NZ 2018
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Wayne McIntosh

Age: 32
Occupation: Helicopter engineer
Hometown: Taranaki
Star sign: Aries
Behind his jokester exterior, this fun lover is a hopeless romantic who just wants to find someone to settle down with.

Wayne, who has never had a bad break-up and remains friends with all his exes, loves to surf, race speedway, play a round of golf and is motorsport mad.

He is looking for substance in his future partner, who he hopes is not two-faced, a liar or an Auckland Blues supporter.


The second season of MAFS NZ will premiere on Three soon.