Craig Paterson
Area Manager / Director

Craig Paterson's career with Aotea Electric started in 1994 on his return from overseas. Craig's first position was as Electrical supervisor. In 1996 Craig took over the position of Manager. Under his control and with the assistance of their dedicated managers and staff, Aotea Electric Queenstown has grown to become the market leader in the area. Today Craig still has a passion for contract management and remains involved with the day to day management of projects as well as overseeing all the company’s operation.

Ben Parsons
Projects Manager/Director

Ben Parsons has been with Aotea since 1992, originally as an apprentice with the Dunedin branch before working in Auckland for a time, then establishing himself in Queenstown in 2002. Ben has worked in all aspects of the electrical trade and is the Contracts Manager in Queenstown. His main roles are the overseeing and planning of projects and insuring deadlines are met. Ben manages and works closely with his team of Foreman and Supervisors to meet client deadlines and ensure quality is of the highest standard.

Gary Erving
Contract Supervisor

Gary Erving has been with Aotea Queenstown since his move from the UK in 2007 as an Electrician and bringing with him 10 years’ experience in the electrical industry. He enjoys the challenge of been a Contract Supervisor and prides himself on working to a high standard and as efficiently as possible to meet target deadlines along with overseeing the day to day running of the work site.

Having proven himself as a very capable electrician Gary became a project supervisor on the Kawarau Falls Project successfully overseeing this project through to completion.

Gary has now successfully completed many projects, of which the latest is the Five Mile shopping centre.



Alan Kay
Supervisor, Data Technician and Electrician

Alan Kay has been with Aotea since 2006, having worked in the UK for two years and Australia for six years installing structured cabling systems using both copper and fibre optic cables and having gained level 3 certification in telecommunications and a master installer’s certificate in Structured Cabling. Alan’s knowledge and high standards within the communications industry have seen him work for a range of clients throughout the South Island.

Gennet Caselli
Financial controller / Office Manager

In 2012 Gennet arrived at Aotea Electric Queenstown tasked with setting up the local financial hub including the implementation of a new IT system which has now been successfully completed. Gennet is a Chartered Accountant with over 24 years’ experience across a broad range of industries.

Every successful business requires someone to manage the back of house and financial functions. Gennet is passionate about both of these and is always in the background ready to help clients or other Aotea Electric Employees.