Our Team - Te Aponga Uira
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Te Aponga Uira Team

Organisational Structure

Apii Timoti


Apii Timoti was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of TAU in early 2001. He first joined TAU in 1998 as General Manager, Operations. Prior to joining TAU, Apii served as the Secretary of the Ministry of Energy. The CEO also worked with the power utility in the days that it was called the Electric Power Supply (EPS) before moving to Energy. More recently, Apii concluded a term as Chair of the Pacific Power Association – the regional body of power utilities, which has a secretariat based in Suva, Fiji.

Nick Carter


The Finance and Administration Division of TAU is headed by Manager Nick Carter.

Nick has over 10 years experience in senior accounting since graduating and has held senior roles in New Zealand, the Cook Islands, and Australia. He has worked extensively in both the private and the public sector, including several years as the Crown Accounting Manager at Ministry of Finance and Economic Management in Rarotonga.

Nick commenced with TAU as of January 2017, and is responsible to the CEO.  In addition to Finance, he also manages the sections of Billings; Customer Services; and Debtors.

Tauu Purea (Acting)


The Generation Division encompasses the operations of TAU’s Power Station located in the Avatiu Valley, where it was established during the 1970s.  Previously, the power station was located in Tutakimoa at the site of the present Administration/Network building.

Tauu Purea is Acting Manager of the Generation Division that currently consists of 20 staff.

Power is generated and supplied to the whole of Rarotonga from the Avatiu Valley Station. The generating capacity of the station is provided by nine generators with a total installed nameplate capacity of 13,700kW, each generator ranging in size from 600kW to 2,600kW.  The actual available capacity is 13,400kW.  TAU maintains an N-2 policy, which allows for downtime maintenance work to be conducted on 2 gensets simultaneously.

Apii Timoti


CEO Apii Timoti is fulfilling the duties of Network Manager at present and is ably supported by a strong team of senior field staff, including Apii Matai and Gabriel Rani.



Dallas Young, Commercial Manager
Bettina Akania, Human Resource Manager
TBA, PR Coordinator
Marlene Cuthers, Executive Assistant to CEO/General Administration Support
Kiko Drollet, IT Consultant (External Contractor)

Finance & Customer Services

Ta Kimitaunga, Finance Supervisor
Tere Strickland, Assistant Accountant
Mata Takioa, Finance Officer
Aramoana Mataroa, Cashier
Mannie Aperau, Customer Services Supervisor
Tiraa Marsters, Customer Services Officer
Resina McBirney, Billings Supervisor
Apii Williams, Billings Officer
Ina Upoko, Meter Reader
Te Ngamata, Meter Reader
(Vacant), Debtors Team Leader
Michelle Vakatini, Debtors Officer/Relief Meter Reader
Ange Ratumu, Debtors Officer
Jocelyne Ngarua, Accountant Intern


Tama Heather, Assistant Engineer/ Renewable Energy Officer
Teiiti Nia, Assistant Engineer
Rouru Tangimetua, Associate Network Services Coordinator/Planning Officer
Date Hideki, Network Technician
Alistair Newbigging, Senior Engineering & Planning Officer
Gabriel Rani, Test Technician/Faults
Apii Matai, Electrical Supervisor
Romeo Keu, Senior Field Officer/Faults
Makara Murare, Senior Field Officer/Faults
Taimata Mokoroa, Senior Field Officer
Poutai Rouru, Electrical Apprentice
Daniel Webb, Electrician
Charlie Vaine, Electrical Apprentice
Ben Bolatagici, Stores Person (Network & Generation)


Andrew Iroa, Fuel Manager (stationed TRIAD Fuel Depot, Panama)
Tauu Purea, Technical Manager
Tere Akava, Electrical Supervisor
Karorangi (Karo) Tararo, Electrical Apprentice
Tepou Raita Jnr, Mechanical Supervisor
Maaratai Vainenooapii, Mechanic
David Hermann, Senior Operator
Ngatokorua Tiaiti, Apprentice Mechanic
Teremoana (Mona) Tetava, Senior Operator
Travel Teuira, Senior Operator
Trevor Tereapii, Senior Operator
George Edwards, Senior Operator
Vaine Tua, Maintenance Support