In this week’s episode of Home and Away in Australia, Nikau discloses that he wants to leave Summer Bay after Ari’s arrest, so Tane uses traditional tactics to get him…
Since patriarch Ari (Rob Kipa-Williams) confessed to the murder of Matthew Montgomery, the Parata family has been on a knife’s edge (James Sweeny).
Although it was Chloe (Sam Barrett) who delivered the fatal blow when Matthew seized Mia (Anna Samson) outside the home after an argument, it was Mia who was arrested first after Cash (Nicholas Cartwright) was spotted speeding with Matthew’s body in the boot of his car.
Ari rushed to the police station and took responsibility for the crime, hoping to spare Mia and Chloe any jail time.
Knowing that Ari is likely to spend the rest of his life in jail due to his criminal record, both Chloe and Ari’s nephew Nik (Kawakawa Fox-Reo) have grappled with the concept of remaining silent about what truly happened.
Despite the fact that Mia or Chloe may claim self-defense and receive a considerably shorter sentence, Ari has forbidden it, and Tane (Ethan Browne) wants to make sure they all follow his orders.
This week, after the family visit Ari on remand, Nik still wants the truth to come out.
“Nikau is tortured,” Kawakawa told TV Week. “It isn’t a pleasant sight, seeing someone you love in an environment like that.”
Nik’s father, Mikaere, died in a botched armed robbery just over 18 months ago, and the circumstance has brought up sad memories for him.
Nik’s painful memories of Ari being carried away to prison when he was a child are becoming too much for him, and he reveals his intention to leave Summer Bay.
“The trauma of already going through this experience is a lot to handle,” said Kawakawa.
Tane recognizes that the family must keep together if they are to survive their ordeal, so he informs Nik that he is bringing him camping.
Tane’s goal, however, is to take Nik into the forest and teach him how to be a warrior, much to Nik’s astonishment. Tane hands Nik Mikaere’s taiaha, a traditional Mori weapon, and instructs him in the proper tactics for mastering it.
Nik resists at first, but eventually relaxes into it and discovers the inner power he requires.
“The taiaha sequence hugely impacts Nikau as it is a significant part of who he is as a person,” Kawakawa continued.
“Being grounded and reminded of the values that come with it is very empowering and grounds him in a way that he deeply needs.”
Will Tane’s precious gift remind Nik of the importance of family?
Dean Thompson (Patrick O’Connor) sets off on a journey to find his mother Karen in Summer Bay (Georgia Adamson).
Things had been looking up for Dean and his girlfriend Ziggy (Sophie Dillman) in recent weeks, as he took tentative efforts to resume surfing after his rehab, and Dean’s good attitude even extended to inviting Bella (Courtney Miller) to live with them at the farmhouse.
However, as last week’s programs came to a conclusion, Dean received a call from Karen’s next-door neighbor informing him that she had gone missing.
Karen has a lengthy history of mental health concerns, which were discovered to be the result of schizoaffective disorder, so Dean is naturally concerned.
Karen last appeared on the show in 2019, when she showed up at the RV park unexpectedly after being released from a psychiatric clinic. Not only did she discover from Dean that he had found down his father Rick Booth (Mark Lee), but she also learned that Dean was dating Ziggy and that he had a half-sister named Mackenzie (Emily Weir)!
Mackenzie offered Karen a job at Salt while she was looking for one, and Karen warmed up to her as they talked about their disdain of Rick. Her first shift ended with her pouring a jug of water over long-time foe John Palmer’s (Shane Withington) head.
Karen left town after realizing she was causing Dean problems, but not before giving Ziggy her blessing to be the mother of her grandchildren. Karen claimed she was going to Reefton Lakes for a job, but Dean later discovered she had checked herself back into the psychiatric institution.
Karen has since become a source of contention between Dean and Amber (Maddy Jevic). Amber recalled Karen from their Mangrove River days and prohibited Dean from informing her of his newfound son, Jai (River Jarvis).
Will Dean be able to track Karen down, and is she okay…?
Here are all of the spoilers for the upcoming episodes of Home and Away in Australia:
Monday, February 14th (Episode 7726)
Theo has been charged with a crime. The Stewart family is shattered. Dean looks for his mother, who has gone missing. Tane tells Nikau the unpleasant truth.
Tuesday, February 15th (Episode 7727)
Theo and Ryder are separated. Alf is at a loss for allies. Mia is witness to Chloe’s agony. Tane has a plan to save Nikau.
Wednesday 16th February (Episode 7728)
Mackenzie doubts Logan’s motives. Mia and Chloe destroy the evidence. Tane teaches Nikau to be a warrior. Martha gives Alf an ultimatum.
Thursday 17th February (Episode 7729)
Jasmine keeps her birthday under wraps. Mackenzie forces Logan to choose. Alf makes a peace offering. Dean discovers the truth about Karen’s situation.
- Home and Away: Can Tane stop Nikau from leaving Summer Bay amid their family’s dark secret?
- Home and Away spoilers: Theo ruins Nikau’s first lifeguard shift with a dangerous prank
- Home and Away spoilers: Alf realises he has to prepare for Martha’s death
- Home and Away spoilers: Ari punches Matthew when he shows up at the house for Chloe