Nikau is impulsive at times. He's not shy with the girls at all and has a close relationship with his mum [Gemma]. Ultimately, as with any new environment, he's trying to find his place in Summer Bay.
No, I wasn't introduced to it properly until my last year of high school. My speech-and-drama teacher approached me to be a part of a musical. I ended up doing that and liking it, so I went to drama school.
He'd [accidentally] cut himself at work, goes to hospital and there he is, in the middle of the siege, sitting next to Marilyn [Emily Symons]! With the past Ari's had, the situation doesn't scare him too much.
I suspect we're going to grow on them; people might liken us to the Braxtons. We're a bit different; we bring a part of our [Maori] culture to the show – in a small way, but hopefully enough to give a glimpse of what we're like behind closed doors.
I'd wanted to be an actor since I was a kid, but didn't have the guts to pursue it. When I left New Zealand to work in Brisbane, I thought, "No-one knows me here, I can do what I want." I started taking night classes and fell in love with it [acting], then got into NIDA and now I'm here.
I think they'll enjoy it. There's a lot of drama, but it's something different. We're bringing a whole new culture to the show – something that hasn't really been seen before on an Australian show.
Good! It's like anything new, you get a bit nervous, but everyone's been really lovely and welcoming. Being a new family on a show like Home And Away is great. New people to play and act with comes with a lot of excitement.
I've modelled her on a lot of my friends back home – she's a matriarch surrounded by boys. She's the kind of mum on the sidelines of a rugby game, but also the one who will look after the girls. I literally just stole from all my friends' personalities – I took all the best bits!