Home and Away lines up worrying new direction for Nikau's modelling story

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Home and Away spoilers follow for UK viewers.

Home and Away's Nikau Parata sparks concern on UK screens next week as he takes an unhealthy approach to his new modelling commitments.

Nikau (Kawakawa Fox-Reo) is determined to do his best after being taken on by the agency, but some alarming advice from fellow model Allegra Freeman sends him in a worrying direction.

Allegra (Laura McDonald) speaks to Nikau about the pressures of body image in the industry and explains that she uses an appetite suppressant in order to eat less.

Allegra gives Nikau a free sample of this, which is found by Bella Nixon (Courtney Miller) when she looks through his top pocket by chance. Nikau explains the situation, but insists that he has no intention of putting an unknown substance into his body.

Photo credit: Jeremy Greive - Channel 5
Photo credit: Jeremy Greive - Channel 5

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Bella is relieved and suggests throwing it away, but Nikau seems to have other ideas and secretly re-pockets it.

This also coincides with Nikau making frequent trips to the gym and even making excuses not to have meals.

Things come to a head when Emmett Ellison (JR Reyne) calls at the Parata house wanting to talk to Bella about an upcoming exhibition.

Emmett brings takeaway, while Nikau gives them space by retreating into his bedroom. Once inside, Nikau is left with a choice to make between eating his takeaway or using the appetite suppressant instead.

Photo credit: Jeremy Greive - Channel 5
Photo credit: Jeremy Greive - Channel 5

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Later in the week, Nikau's ruthless agent Sienna Blake (Rose Riley) makes matters worse by showing him pictures of muscular male models.

Sienna denies putting any pressure on Nikau, but adds that he needs to be aware of what they're up against.

Nikau turns to his buff uncle Tane (Ethan Browne) for advice, but is left disappointed when Tane explains that it'll take serious effort and a long period of time before he starts seeing significant results.

Nikau asks whether there are any shortcuts, but Tane is firm and insists that there aren't.

Photo credit: Endemol Shine - Channel 5
Photo credit: Endemol Shine - Channel 5

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When Nikau prepares to head out to the gym for the second day running, Tane also advises him that he needs a rest day in between.

Nikau ignores this advice and continues to work out continuously, pushing himself to his limits.

Home and Away airs these scenes on Monday, July 5, Tuesday, July 7 and Thursday, July 9 at 1.15pm and 6pm on Channel 5.

Beat (www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk) is a charity which raises awareness and understanding of eating disorders, and supports those affected by them. Beat now has a one-to-one secure messaging service. Its phone helpline for those aged 18 and over is 0808 801 0677, and there's also a dedicated Youthline for those under 18 – 0808 801 0711.

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