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Meet Home And Away's newest cast members for 2020

The Parata family are bringing their proud Maori culture to Summer Bay.

By Maddison Hockey
When Home And Away returns to our screens this year fans can expect a few new faces – and a whole lot of drama!
Summer Bay's newest residents, the Parata family, are set to cause quite a stir when they arrive in town.
Before they do, get to know the proud Maori family and the talented actors who play them.

Nikau Parata

Played by: Kawakawa Fox-Reo
Family relation: son of Gemma, nephew of Ari and Tane
Tell us a bit about your character…
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.
Did you always want to be an actor?
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.

Ari Parata

Played by: Rob Kipa-Williams
Family relation: uncle of Nikau, older brother of Tane, brother-in-law of Gemma
Ari has quite the introduction to Summer Bay – he's caught in the horrific siege at the hospital!
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.
How do you think fans will like the family?
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.

Tane Parata

Played by: Ethan Browne
Family relation: uncle of Nikau, younger brother of Ari, brother-in-law of Gemma
Before acting, you were a civil engineer – how did you end up in Home And Away?
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.
What do you think fans will think of the Parata family's introduction to Summer Bay?
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.

Gemma Parata

Bree Peters is joining the cast of Home and Away in 2020. (Supplied)
Played by: Bree Peters
Family relation: mum of Nikau, sister-in-law to Ari and Tane
What's it been like joining the cast?
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.
What is Gemma like?
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!

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