The Paratas have had a rocky start to their time in the Bay, with the trio forced to live in their car after struggling with money. Fortunately, Marilyn (Emily Symons) has taken them on by letting Gemma (Bree Peters) and Nikau (Kawakawa Fox-Reo) live with her while Ari (Rob Kipa-Williams) lives in the caravan park.
Although Nikau is now doing casual work at the bait shop, Ari is back at work and Gemma has been working at the Diner, they receive another blow when Gemma finds out her shifts will be drying up due to Leah’s (Ada Nicodemou) return.
When Gemma mentions this news to Ari and Nikau, the two men almost get into a confrontation due to the fresh worry over money. Nikau worries this will slow down their step to getting a place of their own, while Ari worries about Nikau’s job security.
Wanting to find a way through, Ari goes to speak to Nikau later on about his work situation. Without much sensitivity, he orders Nikau to quit his job and go to the construction site to ask about working there instead.
Nikau reacts negatively to being told what to do with his life, and takes off out of the Bay. He goes to his other uncle’s place with Ryder (Lukas Radovich) and says he wants to live there. Ryder is taken aback, but Nikau is adamant – there’s no way he can go back to the Bay…
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