Kawakawa Fox-Reo, who plays the Parata family on Home and Away, has hinted that the Paratas will be seeing some powerful scenes.
Nikau (Kawakawa) and Tane (Ethan Browne) pay a visit to Ari (Rob Kipa-Williams) in prison, where he is on remand following his false confession to the murder of Matthew Montgomery, in scenes that will air soon in Australia (James Sweeny).
According to TV Week, Ari isn’t coping well in jail, but he still refuses to tell the truth about what really happened to abusive Matthew – Matthew’s daughter Chloe Anderson (Sam Barrett) killed him while defending her mother, Mia Anderson (Anna Samson).
Nikau is furious about the situation and insists that Chloe come forward and admit that she, not Ari, killed Matthew. Tane, on the other hand, refuses to go against Ari’s wishes and warns Nikau to respect his uncle’s decision as well.
“Seeing someone you love in an environment like that isn’t a pleasant sight,” Kawakawa said, adding that the order makes Nikau feel “tortured.”
Tane and Mia try to focus on Mia and Ari’s wedding over dinner, but Nikau isn’t interested in talking about the details.
Later, he tells Tane that losing Ari reminds him of losing his own father, and he can’t handle it, so he wants to leave Summer Bay.
Tane tells Nikau to pack his bags for a camping trip with him the next morning. He then presents Nikau with a Taiaha – a traditional Mori weapon – as a special gift. Tane promises to teach Nikau how to be a warrior and help him find the guidance he so desperately needs after revealing that it once belonged to Nikau’s father.
Tane demonstrates the Taiaha technique when they arrive at the campground, but impatient Nikau struggles to master it. Tane encourages Nikau to focus as he worries that everything is lost, and as they practice, Nikau begins to find the courage and guidance he’s been looking for.
“The Taiaha sequence has a huge impact on Nikau because it is such an important part of who he is as a person,” Kawakawa explained. “Grounding him and reminding him of the values that come with it is very empowering and grounds him in a way that he desperately needs.”
Could this be the turning point in Nikau’s life?
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