A further child was born in New Zealand, and was aged five at the time of her death. Doctors believed that she did not have much longer to live. She had first been admitted to hospital inwith acute respiratory failure, related to her "gross obesity".
Family background[ edit ] Muliaga; her husband, Lopaavea Muliaga, and four children, Ietitaia aged 20 at the time of her deathDesmond 18Eden 7had moved to New Zealand inlooking for a better life. A further child was born in New Zealand, and was aged five at the time of her death.
Doctors believed that she did not have much longer to live. She had first been admitted to hospital inwith acute respiratory failure, related to her "gross obesity".
On previous occasions she had used traditional Samoan health care instead of prescribed medication. Her doctors say that when she was discharged, she was not so ill that the oxygen machine was critical to her survival. The doctor who treated her the first time she was admitted to hospital believed that she only had one to three years, the normal prognosis for patients in her condition.
In conjunction with the oxygen concentrator, she had used a BiPAP machine. The family believed they had to June 13 to pay the total amount.
But due to the Privacy Actthey would only discuss it with the account holder, who was Mrs Muliaga. According to the eldest son, the contractor arrived at about 11 a.
The contractor said that he saw a medical tube to her nose, but it was not connected to any equipment. He claims that he was not made aware of any need for the oxygen supply. Although Telecom would not go into specifics of the Muliaga's case, they did state that in general they would "talk to customers and offer budget advice and refer them to budgeting services".
Also compounding the issue was that Muliaga told her sons not to worry, and instructed them not to call an ambulance.
When she passed out at 1: Muliaga's husband stated that "as you know Samoans are very respectful of imposing on others, especially if the neighbours aren't Samoan — they're Papalagi [European]". It was her nephew, Brenden Sheehan, who brought the case to national attention. He said he went to the media the night of the death in the hopes of finding an after-hours number for Mercury Energy to get to electricity supply reconnected.
A supervisor at the call-centre said that "she may have passed away in the last couple of days but… I know it's been hard but it's irrelevant" and that the electricity would not be reconnected until further payments were made. This was the same day that the Prime Minister also visited.
The family claimed that police showed had a "lack of cultural awareness" and had "institutionalised racism",  conducting the interviews in English, the second language of the family. These allegations were denied by the police, who said when they spoke to the two eldest sons, the interview was conducted by a Samoan officer, and the men chose to speak in English.
The family have stated they do not want any disciplinary or criminal actions taken against him and invited him to the funeral.Further I examine the decisions made by police and the coroner and then finally outline the reforms that were adopted as a result of the death of Folole Muliaga, after her electric power supply was disconnected by Mercury Energy.
- Mercury Mercury is the second smallest planet in the solar system and is closest and innermost planet to the sun.
Did you know that the sun warms Mercury. It is 36 million miles from the sun and takes 88 days to circle it, and Mercury takes 59 Earth days to . Folole Muliaga (circa – 29 May ) was a Samoan schoolteacher living in Manukau, New r-bridal.com was terminally ill with obesity-related heart and lung disease  and using a home oxygen r-bridal.com died less than three hours after the electricity supply from state-owned Mercury Energy was disconnected to her house due to an outstanding balance.
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The premature death of Mrs Muliaga, has led to significant decline in the levels of trust in the state owned company i.e. Mercury Energy.
References Agle, B., Hart, D., & Thompson, J. Research companion to ethical behavior in organizations. Aug 20, · Immigration, obesity, poverty, corporate greed - the Folole Muliaga story raised issues that divided New Zealanders.
Tony Wall and photographer David White travelled to Samoa with the Muliaga family to better understand their lives, and .