Tane Parata

Tane Parata (2020-present)
Ethan Browne
Episodes: 7281; 7286; 73027303; 7324-present

Parents: Rawiri & Tui Parata
Mikaere & Ari Parata (both deceased)

Marital Status: Felicity Newman (2023, separated)

Occupation: Waiter; Garage Assistant; Labourer; Bait Shop assistant; Gym Worker and later Owner

The youngest Parata brother, Tane stayed behind in the city when his family relocated to Summer Bay. Despite the death of eldest brother Mikaere, he had refused Ari’s instructions to turn straight and continued earning money by doing shady jobs, although he remained in contact with his nephew Nikau and also called sister-in-law Gemma. A few weeks later, Nikau turned up at his place with his friend Bella, saying he didn’t want to go back to Summer Bay. However, after staying the night, he hurried back to Summer Bay before they were missed.

Tane refused to let Nikau live with him and was told by Ari not to contact Nikau. Tane ignored Nikau’s calls but Nikau turned up with Ryder, insisting he wasn’t going back to Ari even if Tane didn’t let him stay. Ryder confirmed to Tane that the family had been sleeping in the car and were relying on a local, Marilyn, letting them stay with her. Tane let Nikau stay the night, then took him back to Summer Bay to confront Ari. Gemma played peacemaker, getting them all to spend time together. He spent a night on Marilyn’s sofa and then arranged to lease a house across the road, with Gemma, Nikau and a reluctant Ari moving in with him. He and Ari worked together to make preparation for a hangi although they ended up clashing when Tane chatted up Ari’s girlfriend Mackenzie. He admitted to her that, while he’d been winding up Ari, he also thought they’d be good together, but quickly agreed to back off. He and Ari both tried to calm Nikau during Gemma’s brief flirtation with Ben, with Tane stopping him from running away.

With Colby suspecting the Paratas were responsible for a break-in at the Diner, Tane was contacted by Nikau, who had stolen Tori’s car to skip town only to find her baby daughter Grace inside. Tane left Grace on the Morgans’ doorstep. He then shut down Colby’s investigation after a lawyer told him they were under no obligation to be questioned, fingerprinted or part of a line-up. The family planned to take Mikaere’s ashes back to New Zealand but only Gemma was able to go, since Colby had put a block on the others’ passports. Although he and Ari clashed when he admitted he didn’t have the money for the rent, they joined with Nikau to perform a haka on the beach as a memorial to Mikaere.

He seemed to agree to Ari getting him a job on the building site where he worked, but then disappeared during the night. He returned with a wad of cash, earned by doing more illegal jobs. Mackenzie offered him a job at Salt despite him having no experience and he decided to accept. However, he left in the middle of his first shift to sleep with Amber Simmons. The fact he found Mackenzie attractive, and she him, made things awkward between them. He ran into the women at a club where he ended up in a fight with a man who tried to take things further with Amber than she wanted to. He then endured a tense shift with Mackenzie. Although he hooked up with Amber again, he had trouble dealing with Mackenzie, and Nikau had to talk him out of fleeing town to avoid her and Ari.

He then discovered Nikau had taken the rest of the money from his job and run off with Bella, who was wanted by the police for questioning over her father’s death. He, Ari and Mackenzie went after the pair and quickly found Nikau, who managed to get Bella to join them, with them all making it back to Summer Bay in time. He was uncomfortable when Mackenzie moved in temporarily after having to leave her rental, which only increased when he walked in on her in the bath. He asked her to make sure they worked different shifts and avoided her at home. He was approached by an old associate, Leon Caruthers, who wanted him to do work. Tane refused and Leon ended up slashing Tane’s stomach with a broken bottle. Mackenzie took him to hospital, where they got stuck in a lift for a short time and he convinced her not to tell Ari he knew the men. He ended up on Ari’s bad side again when Mackenzie moved out but urged him not to throw the relationship away. After Mackenzie blamed him for their difficulties, he quit his job.

He took a job as Ziggy’s assistant at the garage but, when Ari turned up with pizza, felt he was checking up on him. Trying to prove a point, he ended up agreeing to hide a van full of stolen goods at the garage but the person who was meant to pick it up was arrested and he was found out by Ziggy. He ended up hiding the van at the farm while he went to the city to sort something out but returned badly beaten up and desperately looking for Ziggy; instead, he was found by Mackenzie who got him to hospital. He convinced Ari he’d been beaten up by a jealous husband but confessed to Nikau that the van had had drugs hidden in it and the dealers were threatening his family. He found Ziggy and Willow had got rid of the van, meaning he now owed $25,000. Leon and his boss Paul turned up at the house with some thugs, resulting in the Paratas getting into a brawl with them which was broken up by the police.

Tane contacted Paul and Leon asking what he needed to do to pay off the debt and they asked him and Ari to do one last job. However, when the job was finished, the crooks continued to expect the brothers to do more work. Ziggy came to him and Mackenzie for help when Dean drove off drunk, and Tane tracked Dean down and got him home, while lecturing him to leave Ziggy alone. Paul and Leon demanded he and Ari do an armed robbery at the Reefton Lakes Leagues Club, sending photos of them doing the last job as leverage. Tane and Ari convinced Nikau to go to New Zealand and Tane was prepared to do the job, although Ari was more reluctant. When he learned the police had gone looking for the stolen van at the garage, he confessed to Justin what had been going on. Although Ziggy was initially unhappy that Justin knew she’d covered for him, she and Tane ended up sleeping together, only for Tane to find Ziggy gone when he awoke the next morning and later see her with Dean.

He and Ari were ordered to do the robbery within 24 hours. Dean told them to make sure Paul and Leon were there then turned up with Heath Braxton and a group of River Boys to take the pair to task for messing with their territory. Ziggy told him nothing could happen between them and Tane responded by kissing her. He challenged Ziggy to join him at the gym, then she summoned him to her place where they slept together again. They were soon openly dating.

He was reunited with Ari’s de facto stepdaughter Chloe when she came to stay with the Paratas, shortly Nikau, Ryder, Chloe and Bella were all kidnapped by Paul and Leon, who offered to trade them for Ari and Tane. Tane hid the situation from Ziggy as he went to meet them, where he and Ari overpowered all the crooks except Paul, handing them over to the police. After Paul injured Ari in a hit and run, Tane captured him, giving him a beating before taking him to hospital. Mackenzie admitted to him that she was pregnant with Ari’s child and he was initially in favour of her telling Ari until he learned she wasn’t sure if she’d keep the baby, at which point he explained that Ari and Mia had tried for a baby, having several miscarriages and losing a son born premature. He begged Mia to give Ari another chance. After Mackenzie had a miscarriage and Mia saw her at the hospital, Tane reluctantly told her what was going on, then helped take Mackenzie back to hospital when she developed an infection. He began looking for a job, applying to the gym with a post-it note which prompted Ziggy to convince him to put a proper CV together. Mia ended up getting the gym job so Tane arranged to cover Ari’s labouring job until he was fit again.

When Ziggy and Dean both triumphed in the surf carnival, Amber made pointed remarks about how well they got on. Tane asked Ziggy why they broke up and guessed Dean and Bella had been involved in something illegal. Still uncomfortable with the pair’s closeness, he took a drunk Mackenzie home only for her to make a pass at him. He quickly filled Ziggy in and also told her he loved her. He discouraged Ari and Mia from trying for a baby but learned they were doing it anyway. He moved in with Ziggy and briefly helped Alf at the bait shop before taking a job at the gym from Mia and going to TAFE but was nervous about letting her down. He had Nikau asking him about shortcuts to bulk up and told him there weren’t any. He was uncomfortable about Ziggy working at the garage after Justin beat up Stephen, insisting on accompanying her to work. He learned Nikau had cheated on Bella with Sienna and advised him to confess. He sent a pregnant Mia home when she was tired but decided against hiring Kieran Baldivis on learning of his history.

After Nikau and Bella broke up, Tane was forced to admit to Ziggy what had been going on, leaving her annoyed with him for keeping quiet. He cleared the air with Mackenzie and they agreed to try being friends. He tried to stop Nikau pestering Bella, having to go and help when Nikau turned up at her place on the morning of her photography exhibition and trying without success to get Nikau to take it out on a punchbag. Nikau then mentioned he had seen Ziggy kissing Dean, which Ziggy also confessed to, prompting Tane to ask for space. Ziggy assured him things were over with Dean and they went to the hospital when both Dean and Nikau were badly injured in a car accident that also resulted in Mia miscarrying. When Tane saw Ziggy by Dean’s bedside when she’d said she was going to work, he broke up with her and moved back in with his family.

He made a pass at Mackenzie but she turned him down. After finding out Ziggy was still spending most of her time with Dean, he took it out on Bella when she visited Nikau and was thrown out by Ari, his mood not improving when he saw Ziggy and Dean kissing. He slept with Felicity Newman after running into her in a club, not finding out until later that she was the sister of new local police officer Cash. He initially tried to avoid her but then kissed her in front of Ziggy and slept with her again. He went away with Nikau, only to come back almost straightaway after getting a flat tyre, then heard that Ziggy and Dean were living together again. He continued having casual hook-ups with Felicity and ended up hiding in her caravan when Cash turned up outside. He told Felicity about his history with the police and she decoyed Cash while he slipped away. Tane told her there was no chance of anythng serious between them.

He felt Felicity was following him around when he found her on his towel at the beach and at the gym, and also suspected she was the one sending him roses. She denied it when he confronted her and he complained to Cash, who said he couldn’t act without evidence. Tane searched the caravan park bins, finding the roses he’d dumped there were gone. He learned Ari was using the money from the armed robbery to buy the gym and, after some initial reluctance, accompanied him meeting dodgy contacts to make the cash look legitimate. He had to put up with Felicity trying to tell Mackenzie he was trouble and ended up in a shouting match with her at the surf club which earned him a telling off from Alf. He was summoned by Nikau to collect a drunk Ryder from a club, leading to words with Felicity and her colleague Anne. Felicity asked him to stay away from her work but when Mackenzie intervened on his behalf, it ended up as another argument. He was infuriated when Cash served him an AVO telling him to stay away from Felicity, but that night, someone drugged his drink and left him in the gym with a sprinkler spraying organophosphate. He only survived because much of the gas went up the air vent and was left in a critical condition in hospital. He eventually recovered after Logan used an experimental drug on him but could only remember seeing a woman with a rose. However, he was convinced it wasn’t Felicity, who was the prime suspect with everyone else.

Tane found another rose right after Felicity had supposedly skipped town to avoid arrest. When Anne told him she knew where Felicity was, Tane went along to talk to her but found out Anne was actually holding Felicity prisoner. She knocked Tane out and kept him tied up too, intending to gas them both with more organophosphate. They were rescued by Ari and Cash. He told Felicity he was there for her but was thrown when she kissed him. After spending some time with Ari at a trade show, he met up with Felicity and they kissed again, going on a date to Salt. He restrained Ari when he attacked Chloe’s father Matthew. Felicity told him that her father had been murdered but Cash and all their old neighbours insisted it was suicide. Tane kept an eye on her after Cash went to a memorial but she gave him the slip while he was trying to work. He convinced her to stay and talk to Cash, then helped Ari propose to Mia. He agreed to go away with Felicity, who explained Cash had shown her the police report confirming her father’s suicide. He convinced her to go home and talk to Cash.

He went along with Ari’s claim to have killed Matthew, in order to protect Chloe who was really responsible. He stopped Chloe talking to the police and insisted they stick together, telling Nikau to keep his distance from Bella and distancing himself from Felicity. He learned Ari was signing his share of Salt over to him. With Nikau struggling, Tane took him away and told him it was time for him to earn Mikaere’s old taiaha, teaching him the rituals that went with it. He relaxed his closed rank policies a bit, encouraging Nikau to spend time with Bella while he began getting closer to Felicity, inviting her as his date to Ari and Mia’s wedding. He went to see Ari in hospital and learned he had terminal cancer, helping organise for Mia to marry him before he died. He and Nikau accompanied Ari’s body back to New Zealand.

He was eager to see Felicity again when he returned to town and freaked her out when he said he saw her in his future. She told him she wasn’t sure she’d ever be ready to settle down. He tried to talk to Chloe about her grief but she insisted Nikau was the one having problems. Tane discovered Mia sleepwalking and kept it to himself, staying awake to guide her back to her room if it happened again, until he fell asleep and only just woke up in time to stop Mia walking in front of a car. Felicity invited him along to an illegal poker night at Salt where he won big, although he ended up in a row with Dean after no-one else turned up to a family meal that Mia had excused him frm. He had to deal with an upset Mia who at first denied there was a problem and then announced she was leaving town, signing her share of the gym over to him. He accompanied Felicity to another poker night, where he lost to another player, Jack. Afterwards, he and Felicity had a romantic picnic on the rocks and admitted they loved each other. Seeing how stressed Mia was after staying in town for Chloe’s sake, he suggested she could leave without Chloe, arranging for her to stay with Gemma.

He tried to keep an eye on a private poker night Mackenzie had arranged for PK King but was distracted when Felicity was held prisoner by PK’s associate Nathan Silva, allowing PK to scam Mackenzie out of the evening’s takings and leave her thinking she was in debt to him. He intervened when two thugs vandalised Salt but was stabbed in the process. He agreed with Dean and Mackenzie’s assertion that they couldn’t call an ambulance, instead having to be operated on by Logan on the quiet and experiencing blood loss, needing a transfusion. Not long after however, Felicity was arrested for the poker nights anyway and Tane talked Mackenzie into taking responsibility. He helped Cash and Felicity make up and joined Nikau in winding Theo up at his first family event as Chloe’s boyfriend.

He decided he was well enough to return to work so Felicity decided she didn’t need to stay at the house anymore. Tane promptly invited her to move in and she accepted. He hired Chloe to do the accounts at the gym only to be faced with awkward questions about how Ari and Mia could have afforded it, eventually having to tell the truth. He encouraged Felicity over buying Salt. When Felicity returned from sorting the details out in the city, Tane delayed going to work because of their reunion, resulting in Chloe having to stay on and being late for a shift at the Diner. When Felicity’s friends Bob Forsyth, Kirby Aramoana, Eden Fowler and Remi Carter – the bank Lyrik – turned up for a visit, Tane ended up agreeing to them spending the night at his. He teamed up with John to present Nikau with a bravery award at Salt after he missed the ceremony.

He then found a photo of Ari and Mia on his windscreen with a note saying someone wanted their money. Marty, the leader of the biker gang Ari had stolen money from, took Tane for a drive and demanded $225,000 as repayment. Tane admitted the truth to Nikau and prepared to sell the gym but Marty’s right hand man, Tex Wheeler, told him to launder money through it instead. He filled in first Nikau and then Chloe, who he had smuggled to a motel when the bikies threatened her and decided to send to New Zealand. He filled in Felicity but was stunned to learn Tex was dating Rose, a new police officer. However, Rose went to him when she was suspicious of Tex herself and Tane told her what was going on. He went to the bikies’ hideout wearing a wire and got Marty and Tex to give details about the money laundering, although the police raid was derailed slightly by Nikau turning up unexpectedly and Cash getting shot. He and Nikau were arrested with the bikers in order to keep up the pretence of not being involved. This led to Nikau’s job at the surf club being threatened and he blamed Tane for not keeping him informed. Tane came to Nikau’s rescue, telling John that Nikau had just followed him there and didn’t know what was going on, but was left at risk of the gym lease not being renewed.

He received unexpected support from Dean and also had to help Felicity look after a depressed Cash, letting him move in with them. He had trouble getting a date for his court appearance but was eventually given a good behaviour bond for show. He worried what people would think and considered selling the gym. However, after Nikau helped him clear his head with a taiaha ritual, he agreed to put it off for the moment. He found Ziggy fainted at the garage and discovered she was pregnant.

He made plans to propose to Felicity, consulting with Nikau and Cash and arranging for Lyrik to play for them near the lighthouse where she first told him she loved him. Felicity initially ran away in shock but quickly accepted. When she was reluctant to set a date, Tane wondered if she actually wanted to get married, especially after seeing her initial reaction on the video Nikau had taken of the prioposal, but she assured him she did and agreed to his suggestion they get married on the anniversary of their trip to the cabin. He selected Nikau as his best man and met Felicity’s foster father Gary when Cash brought him to town, convincing Felicity to see him. He was upset to hear Gemma, Mia and Chloe were all going to miss the wedding and admitted to Felicity that he was homesick. On discovering she was planning a surprise for him at the wedding, he decided to move the ceremony from the beach to the country to better reflect her background. He had his bucks night at a club in the city which Felicity gatecrashed as part of a plan to get Cash and Eden together. He was left waiting at the wedding for Felicity to turn up.

As he was about to call the wedding off, he learned Felicity had been in a car accident and went to get her. He ended up having to pull her out of the car himself when it caught alight. When he learned the brakes had been cut in a revenge attack on Cash, he told him to leave the house rather than put them in danger. However, when he saw one of the bikers kidnapping Cash from the surf club, he followed, calling the police and tackling the crooks as they were about to kill Cash before the police arrived.

He tried to talk to Felicity about rearranging the wedding but she snapped that she might not want to get married. When he found out she had been secretly drinking heavily, he challenged her and she moved out to a caravan. When Tane visited her there, she threw the engagement ring at him and broke up with him. He went back but she told him she never wanted to get married. When she threw him out of Salt, he told her to pick up her things. When Nikau told him he was planning to move to New York with Bella, Tane was dismissive, pointing out he had no job there. However, when John told him not to stand in Nikau’s way, he changed his mind and drove him to catch up with Bella.

He received a call from Felicity, who had gone to stay at Gary’s farm, and drove out to meet her, where she convinced him to stay and talk things through. They reunited and returned to town together. He accepted her proposal that they get married straightaway and they arranged a rushed ceremony. Cash advised him to add something of himself to the wedding and he arranged a Maori ceremony and a reception with photos of their families. After a honeymoon in New Zealand, he was concerned that Felicity seemed disenchanted with married life but quickly convinced her that nothing needed to change.

Not long after, Tane’s cousin Kahu came to stay and offered to help out at the gym. Tane quickly discovered he wasn’t actually qualified but agreed to employ him to do admin. He helped prepare him for a TAFE course as a trainer and agreed to lend him the course fees. However, he then learned Kahu hadn’t actually enrolled. When he confronted him, Kahu explained he’d decided he wanted to own a fishing trawler. Tane declined to invest in his business but did agree to him keeping the money. However, he was unhappy when Kahu first hooked up with a grieving Mackenzie and then tried to get Cash to invest. Although he was wrong when he suspected Kahu of approaching John for money, he soon discovered he hadn’t used the money he gave him to register the business as he’d claimed. Kahu admitted he’d actually already bought a trawler with $50,000 borrowed from his mum only for it to turn out to be in poor condition and sink. Tane insisted he had to tell his mother but instead he packed his bags and left. Tane learned he had rented a houseboat with money from the business account and tracked him down again, agreeing to go with him to New Zealand to tell his mother in person.

He returned on the day Felicity had gone to support Lyrik in their Battle of the Bands contest and was informed she had been raped at the event, rushing to the hospital to support her. He felt uncomfortable being intimate with her afterwards, leaving her convinced he found her repulsive. After a heart to heart, she agreed to see a counsellor. He talked to her about his own troubles coming to terms with things and they resumed intimacy.

Felicity then received a message threatening to post a video of her rape online unless she paid $1000. She convinced Tane to keep it from Cash and paid the money. When the blackmailer came back asking for $10,000, Felicity asked Tane to help her get the money together but later told him she was just going to ignore it. However, after learning she had borrowed money from Cash, Tane realised she had paid the blackmailer off and had now gone to meet him. He tipped off Cash, with the culprit, Jeremy Holding, being arrested after Felicity got his details. Tane offered self-defence classes as part of Cash’s scheme to tackle sexual assaults. When their flyers were ignored, Felicity made a public announcement of her own assault and Tane assured her it had helped convince people. When he heard Gemma had been injured in a car accident in New Zealand, Felicity convinced him to go and see her.

He was shocked to return and find Felicity meeting with Jeremy as part of a restorative justice programme, wondering why she didn’t tell him. She managed to convince him she’d needed to focus on the decision rather than his feelings. He then told her he dreamed of moving to New Zealand and she agreed to them putting in an offer for a block of land where they could eventually build a house. He then asked her about trying for a baby but she made it clear it wasn’t something she was interested in. He admitted to first Cash and then her that he wasn’t sure he could cope with not having a family. He tried to take it back the next day only for Felicity to announce she did want a baby. He confirmed to Mackenzie that they were trying and was slightly bemused that Felicity wanted to keep it between them.

He picked up on the fact there was tension between Mackenzie and Felicity and tried to find out what it was about. Mackenzie told him to talk to Felicity and he learned she was still taking the pill and moved out, punching Cash in the mistaken belief he’d known and declaring her actions unforgivable. He also cancelled the land sale. After spending some nights at the gym, he accompanied Mackenzie to a Lyrik gig at Salt and agreed to move into her spare room. She told him Felicity had come round with his wedding ring but he binned it. He ended up losing his temper with new client Harper and announcing to the surf club that his marriage was over. Deciding he needed to get over Felicity, he brought a random woman, Layla, home and spent the night with her. Shortly after spending the night with another woman and getting the number of Annie, one of his gym clients, he learned Mackenzie had been rushed to hospital with a heart attack and ended up in a brief argument with Felicity when they both turned up to see her.

After rebuffing several of Harper’s attempts to befriend him, he eventually confided in her that he still loved Felicity but felt their marriage had brought too much pain. Felicity gave him a box of his things which mainly consisted of items for their wedding. He showed them to Harper, prompting Felicity to accuse him of being involved with her. He tried to look after Mackenzie when she came home from hospital and called an ambulance when she collapsed. Mackenzie sent them away after convincing herself it was a panic attack but ended up in hospital soon after anyway. Tane ended up working with Felicity to get some things together for her and discovered Mackenzie had kept his wedding ring. He admitted to Felicity he still loved her but said they couldn’t be together. He agreed to help out with a fundraiser Xander was organising for research into Mackenzie’s condition.