It was an unlikely path forged by Ruben Wiki in the early 1990s, and now Siliva Havili hopes his journey following in the footsteps of the Raiders legend will also culminate in premiership success. The year was 1993. As Wiki was enjoying his first of many fruitful preseasons in Canberra, Havili was born in Auckland and a childhood on the mean streets of Otara in the city's notorious south-east began. Havili's was a religious family, his Dad is still a pastor in New Zealand, and that helped shield him from the gangland violence that for so long rippled underneath the surface of Otara. When Havili graduated to secondary school, his parents sent him to Central Auckland to pursue his high school years which provided a safety buffer between him and the dangers of Otara.