Playmaker Mitch Hunt becomes the latest to commit his immediate future with Highlanders after signing a new contract until 2023.
Hunt was previously part of Crusaders since 2016 and enjoyed hat-trick of Super Rugby titles with them in 2017, 2018 and 2019 and switched to Highlanders in 2020 season.
He was also part of the New Zealand Under 20 side that went on to win the Junior World Championship in 2015 during which he scored 33 points in five matches.
The 25-year-old now follows the likes of Aaron Smith, Folau Fakatava and Shannon Frizell, who have extended their contract with the club until the 2023 World Cup.
“It was initiated by the club, which is great, “I've loved my time here.” Hunt said.
“I think that since moving from Christchurch I've played in ever game possible, and the reason for my move down here was the opportunity.
“I’m stoked to be back with the group because I've had such a great time down here. The purpose of moving was great, the environment is great, and the people are great.
"So, that decision comes really easy for me to stick around.”
Highlanders currently are at fourth place in the Super Rugby Trans Tasman table with two wins from as many games and will face Melbourne Rebels in the third round at Sir John Davies Oval on 30th May.