Nikau Parata of Home and Away dazzles his uncle Tane with an important turning point on UK television next week.
Since his other uncle Ari (Rob Kipa-Williams) made a false confession to Matthew Montgomery’s murder, Nikau has been struggling.
Ari took the fall to protect his fiancée Mia Anderson (Anna Samson) and her daughter Chloe (Sam Barrett), but Nikau is concerned that he will be sentenced to life in prison.
Tane (Ethan Browne) decides to help Nikau by taking him on a spiritual journey, as we previously revealed.
Tane instructs Nikau on how to use the Taiaha, a traditional Mori weapon, in a peaceful riverside setting.
Tane believes that the Taiaha can provide spiritual guidance in difficult times, and that this could be an important rite of passage for Nikau as the Parata family prepares to face what lies ahead with Ari.
Tane encourages Nikau to keep trying even though he has some early difficulties with the Taiaha.
Tane also performs a professional demonstration in the hopes of motivating his nephew.
Nikau has finally found his stride with the Taiaha in next week’s episodes on Channel 5.
Tane is impressed by Nikau’s warrior spirit and decides that the Taiaha, which once belonged to Nikau’s father, should be permanently handed over to him.
Nikau is ecstatic about what he’s accomplished, but Tane reminds him of their original training goal: they must now return to Summer Bay and face whatever awaits them with Ari.
Nikau recognizes that the difficult journey ahead is far from over.
Nikau’s Kawakawa Fox-Reo recently spoke about how important it is for Home and Away to continue to represent Mori culture on screen.
“For many people, it’s their first contact with what it’s like to be a Mori, and I’m grateful to be a part of that,” he told the New Zealand website Stuff. However, this is only the tip of the iceberg.
“I want to be clear that there are so many more things that are just as rich, and there is so much to offer that we haven’t shown on the show,” she says.
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