Channel 5’s Home and Away welcomed the Parata family this year.
The Parata family made its debut earlier this year with actor Rob Kipa-Williams making his first appearance as Ari Parata back in December last year.
There have been new additions to the clan following the arrival of Tane Parata (Ethan Browne) in February.
And as every new cast member, Home and Away fans want to know more about the soap’s recent newcomers.
Home and Away: The Parata family
The new family on Home and Away features Ari, Gemma (Bree Peters), Nikau (Kawakawa Fox-Reo) and Tane.
Gemma and Nikau are a mother and son, while Tane and Ari are Gemma’s brothers-in-law and uncles of Nikau.
It was Ari who made his first appearance from the Parata family. The others followed in his footsteps and were introduced in early 2020.
The Parata clan is Home and Away’s first Maori family. According to the Cambridge Dictionary, Maoris are one of the original people of New Zealand and the Cook Islands.
The actors behind the Parata family
According to IMDB, Rob Kipa-Williams is an actor of Maori, Irish and Scottish descent.
Apart from Home and Away, he also played in the TV series 800 Words and the 2018 movie Pearl in Paradise.
Ethan Browne comes from a small town in New Zealand and grew up in a musical family. He later discovered his passion for acting and his role as Tane is his first major role on the screen.
Bree Peters has a number of TV roles behind her back. Before her gig on Home and Away, she appeared on Shortland Street, Enemy Within, Bellbird, among others.
Kawakawa Fox-Reo completed a Performing Arts and Acting course at the NZ drama school Toi Whakaari. He has appeared in several short movies, as well as stage productions.
Soap stars talk the Paratas
The actors behind the Parata family have praised Home and Away for introducing its first Maori clan and raising the importance of diversity on the series.
Speaking to Radio Times, Ethan said:
“I think it’s a positive step whenever culture or diversity is implemented and I hope it opens doors for more indigenous culture and cultural stories, and more diverse characters.”
In an interview for the New Zealand news website Stuff, Bree explained: “It’s been a big learning experience I think for everybody involved which is good.”
“It was about representing my culture authentically and also having a fun time to be my culture in another country, showing all the best bits of us – the way we are, the way we laugh, the humour that we have and to be proud of it.”