A strong runner with explosive pace, Pita Ahki initially impressed as an 18 year old midfielder for North Harbour who made his Provincial debut in 2011 and since then has made 34 appearances and scored 30 points for the side. His impressive ITM Cup performances lead to him being named in the Blues Wider Training Squad in 2013.
Capable at 12 or 13, Ahki made his Super Rugby debut with the Blues in the 2014 season and made 13 appearances altogether, during which he was included in eight starting line ups and scored twice for the side.
After being underutilized at the Blues, Ahki signed a two-year deal with the Hurricanes in 2015 following the loss of Ma’a Nonu and Conrad Smith in the midfield. He made his first appearance for the Hurricanes in the 2017 season as he came off the bench against the Reds.
Ahki has accumulated an impressive number of national honours already in his career as he played for the Tongan U20s side the same year as he was snapped up by North Harbour. He travelled to South Africa with New Zealand U20s for the IRB Junior World Championships the following year and was also drafted into the All Blacks Sevens during the 2012/13 season to play the final two tournaments in the World Series. He was selected again in the 2013 season and played a key role in the team’s triumph in Moscow at the Rugby World Cup Sevens.