Piki was raised in Mourea and attended Whangamarino Primary School, Mokoia Intermediate & Hato Petera College. After leaving school, Piki joined NZ Customs in Auckland for 4 years and then became a career firefighter based initially in Auckland then in the Bay of Plenty. He has served 30+ years in the New Zealand Fire Service / Fire and Emergency NZ serving as an operational firefighter, fire safety officer / investigator, 111 call centre and currently leads kaupapa Māori for the organisation as part of the office of the chief executive.
Married to Hinemaua (Ngāti Ranginui / Ngāti Hako) together they have 4 tamariki who all play an active role in their iwi. Besides whānau, Piki’s time is shared with marae / hapū & iwi commitments. Piki is an active member in the iwi and chairs the Pikiao Iwi Trust, a member of Te Pumautanga o Te Arawa, Te Arawa Group Holdings, marae and various lands organisations.