Apii Timoti with his family at the farewell function on Friday last week. TE APONGA UIRA/21030146
Electricity company Te Aponga Uira O Tumu Te Varovaro (TAU) farewelled its long serving chief executive officer Apii Timoti on Friday last week.
who served in the role for 20 years, along with his family and invited guests
were hosted by the company’s board of directors and staff to an island night
farewell celebration in Arorangi.
beginnings, Timoti rose through the ranks as an employee to executive
management, and in the process amassing 36 years of experience in the energy
began in 1984 as an engineer’s cadet (an apprentice) and three years later, he
left Rarotonga on a scholarship to attend Papua New Guinea University. In 1987,
he graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical Engineering) degree.
Upon his return
to Rarotonga, Timoti was employed by the Electrical Power Supply (EPS) now
known as TAU, as an assistant engineer.
In 1992, he was
awarded a scholarship to complete his post graduate degree at the University of
Queensland, Australia. He graduated with Master of Engineering Science, in the
field of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. He returned to Rarotonga in
1994 and was employed by the Ministry of Energy as the Outer Islands Power
Director, and a year later assumed the joint role of Secretary of Energy and
In 1998 Timoti
re-joined the Rarotonga Power Authority and became the general manager
operations and electrical engineer at Te Aponga Uira.
2001, he was confirmed as the chief executive officer of TAU and since that
time, has been instrumental in the transformation of the Rarotonga power system
and supporting energy sector developments in the Pa Enua.
Minister Robert Tapaitau, who addressed the celebration on behalf of the
government, spoke of Timoti’s many achievements in his 36-year career, thanking
him for all he has done for his country.
“the automation of the power station and the staff facilities set up to ensure
the welfare of staff and their families” as one of his major highlights and
As a result of
his leadership and close working relationship with successive boards, TAU has
flourished during his time as the chief executive.
staff to view the company as a long-term career path, Timoti has always
encouraged further study and upskilling young Cook Islanders, including a young
female who started at TAU in customer services then left to complete formal
She returned in
2016 with a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical) and continued to work at TAU
as an assistant engineer and has recently being appointed as the acting chief
engineer for TAU.
talk” was how he modelled and led staff at The Box (Tumuora CrossFit) and with
the team at The Might Samson (ZUU), advocating for healthier lifestyle choices
and physical fitness.
Over the years,
Timoti has been a leader in the region and made significant contributions to
the Power Pacific Association (PPA), more recently in 2018 with the online
launch of the PPA Gender Portal that aims to provide resources to encourage
Association’s member utilities to increase their employment of women and to
support policies and initiatives focused on broader workforce development.
Timoti has no
immediate plans for retirement, with his recent appointment as the chief
operating officer of Rarotonga water agency, To Tatou Vai Ltd.
“We wish him
all the best with his new appointment at To Tatou Vai,” said TAU chairman Mata
Nooroa. “The board of directors, management and staff all congratulate Apii and
wish him every success in his future endeavours.”