The young flanker came through the New Zealand Schools and Auckland Blues Academy before going on to captain the Baby Blacks in last year's IRB Junior World Championship where they finished as runners-up to South Africa.
With Connacht, the 21-year-old has played in all nine games so far this season and was quick to establish himself as an abrasive tough-tackling, traditional number 7.
Commenting on the October Player of the Month, Connacht head coach Pat Lam said: "I'm delighted that Jake been given this award. His hard work and dedication has not gone unnoticed by us, the management, and his team-mates and it's great that the supporters can see this too.
"With injuries in the squad and especially our back row, Jake was thrown straight in. He started every game in October and showed his talent and ability in those games.
"Jake is an outstanding professional both on and off the pitch. He is incredibly mature for his years and is testament to all that when you put in the hard work you get the rewards.
"He is a natural leader and genuine team player and has settled very well in to the Connacht family."
Richard Hartmann, Director of Hartmann Jewellers, added: "We tried something different this month by opening up the voting to the public and I think the Connacht supporters really enjoyed having a say in the Player of the Month having watched some great games in October, including the fantastic Heineken Cup victory away to Zebre and the agonisingly close clashes with Saracens and Leinster.
"It was clear that Jake played a huge role in these games. He is one of the most exciting players to come to Connacht and we're all really enjoying what he's brought to the Sportsground.
"We look forward to more exciting rugby from the young forward and wish him all the best with Connacht for the years to come."