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    Home and Away’s Kawakawa Fox-Reo promises more stories on Māori culture

    I feel extremely honored and proud to get the chance to do that on a show like this.

    Nikau Parata of Home and Away has recently been exploring his spirituality and drawing strength from his Mori background. Nikau’s uncle Tane (Ethan Browne) taught him how to use the Taiaha, a traditional Mori weapon, earlier this year in the hopes that it would provide Nikau with spiritual direction while he dealt with the deception his other uncle Ari (Rob Kipa-Williams) used to confess to murder.

    Since then, the serial has received a lot of attention for the touching haka that Nikau, Tane, and other family members did at Ari’s funeral.

    Kawakawa Fox-Reo commented on fan support in an exclusive interview with Digital Spy as his character Nikau elevates Mori culture on the show.

    Home and Away’s Nikau Parata has recently been examining his spirituality and finding strength in his Mori heritage. The Taiaha is a traditional Mori weapon that Nikau’s uncle Tane (Ethan Browne) trained him to wield earlier this year in the hopes that it would give Nikau spiritual guidance as he dealt with the trick that his other uncle Ari (Rob Kipa-Williams) used to confess to murder.

    Since then, the series has drawn a lot of attention for the heartfelt haka performed at Ari’s funeral by Nikau, Tane, and other family members.

    As his character Nikau boosts Mori culture on the show, Kawakawa Fox-Reo discussed fan support in an exclusive chat with Digital Spy.

    “Whenever I can, I’m pleased to support [the Mori culture]. I feel incredibly honored and thrilled to get the chance to do it on a show like this. And I want to make my family and friends proud, so I’ll seize every chance I get.”

    Nikau is progressing professionally as well, and his boss is pleading with the local municipality to hire him full-time in a paid position after he impressed people with his rescue attempts while serving as a volunteer lifeguard.

    Fox-Reo discussed the implications of this for his character’s future while describing what it was like to shoot the rescue sequences at sea: “It needed several takes. Although shooting on the sea presents some challenges for the crew, the experience was fantastic. Nikau receiving the full-time post definitely made me happy. The work is excellent.”

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