The Paratas have recently moved to the Bay in an attempt to make a fresh start. Things are beginning to look up as Gemma (Bree Peters) has secured a job at the Diner and Nikau (Kawakawa Fox-Reo) is starting to make friends, so they decide to give it a shot.
However, it’s clear there is still tension between Nikau and Ari (Rob Kipa-Williams) when he and Gemma see Nik getting out of a police car. They immediately assume he’s been up to no good, and Nik and Ari instantly get into a heated argument.
Without being able to get clearance for work while his arm isn’t fully recovered, Ari is struggling to find work, and the family are worried about how they’ll cover the motel bill due to Gemma not being paid from her Diner work for another few weeks.
Ari has moved into their room to reduce costs, but they don’t have enough money even for one room. When they realise they won’t be able to pay for their motel bill on time, Gemma resorts to desperate measures and steals food from the Diner to feed Nikau.
Gemma initially thinks she’s gotten away with it, but when Marilyn (Emily Symons) quietly pulls her to one side she realises she’s been rumbled. Will Marilyn be understanding, or is Gemma about to lose the only source of income the family has?
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