4 Nov 2005

Former SPREP director to chair Rarotonga Electricity Authority

6:07 pm on 4 November 2005

The Rarotonga Electricity Authority has a new chairman following the removal of

George Pitt from the role late last week.

Tamarii Tutangata is a former director of the South Pacific Regional Environment Programme as well as a former Cook Islands government employee.

The Authority's Chief Executive officer, Apii Timoti, says he's had his first one-on-one meeting with Mr Tutangata this week and is confident the new chair will fit in smoothly.

The Cook Islands Investment Corporation terminated Mr Pitt's tenure as chairman less than six months into his new term.

The corporation says it decided to dismiss Mr Pitt because his style of running the board was too autocratic, and that by making public comments about the price of diesel for power supply, he had been discussing things outside the terms of reference for his job.