Power company electricity cut off kills New Zealand woman


Protest against the death of Ms Folole Muliaga for big business greed

This picture from New Zealand is about protests against the death of Ms Folole Muliaga for big business greed.

By John Braddock:

New Zealand woman dies after power company cuts off electricity supply

5 July 2007

New Zealand mother-of-four Folole Muliaga, 44, died on May 29, three hours after a contractor working for the Mercury Energy power company cut off the electricity supply to her South Auckland home because the family was late paying a $168.40 power bill. The action rendered Muliaga’s electrically-operated oxygen machine useless.

Muliaga, a Samoan pre-school teacher, was being treated for cardiomyopathy, or a weak heart, and obesity. She had been in hospital for a month, and was discharged three weeks prior to her death. One of the children had fruitlessly pleaded with the contractor not to cut the power because it was needed for the oxygen machine. The power company admitted that Muliaga had appeared at the door with the oxygen tube still in her nose, but her requests to delay the disconnection were ignored. The contractor simply responded, “I’m just here to do my job”, and left.

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