Tane Parata of Home and Away steps in with a touching plan to help his nephew Nikau, which will air on UK television next week.
Tane’s older brother Ari (Rob Kipa-Williams) made a false confession to Matthew Montgomery’s murder in order to protect his fiancée Mia Anderson and her daughter Chloe, which has thrown the Parata family into disarray.
The stress of the situation begins to take its toll on Nikau in upcoming episodes on Channel 5. (Kawakawa Fox-Reo).
Nikau is heartbroken at the prospect of losing Ari permanently, and he continues to oppose the ongoing cover-up surrounding Matthew’s death.
Nikau considers leaving Summer Bay because he can’t stand the waiting game until Ari’s sentencing.
Tane (Ethan Browne) tries to talk Nikau out of it, but Nikau is having painful flashbacks to the death of his own father.
Tane later tells Mia that he has a plan to help Nikau that will require him to leave the Bay for a while.
Tane takes Nikau out of town for a rite of passage, where he is presented with a family heirloom.
Tane hands over a Taiaha – a traditional Mori weapon – that once belonged to Nikau’s father at a riverside camping site.
Tane explains that in Mori culture, the Taiaha technique and knowledge are passed down through generations. In difficult times, the Taiaha can provide spiritual guidance.
Despite Nikau’s early struggles with the technique, Tane proves to be a patient instructor.
Even when Nikau is at his wit’s end and doubts his abilities, Tane encourages him by performing a demonstration near the water.
Nikau, fortunately, is given the motivation to keep going.
Is the trip going to be successful?
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