Tuigamala's business goes into liquidation

The former rugby star, Iga Tuigamala’s funeral business  has been placed into liquidation

The business collapsed owing about $80,000 to Inland Revenue.

Liquidator Dereck Ah Sam said, poor credit control and legacy issues from a gym ‘Iga owned in 2011 were factors in the problem.

Tuigamala’s wife Daphne who is Tongan has set up a new funeral business, Peaceful Funeral Service Ltd in Otara. She is the sole director and shareholder.

It is estimated that more than $130,000  of unpaid funeral fees have not been paid to the company leading to its downfall.

Tuigamala said he had found it difficult to collect money from grieving relatives.

Tuigamala and Sons of Glenden funeral service served the King of Tonga Taufa’ahau Tupou IV’s funeral in 2006.

Liquidator Derek Ah Sam, of Rodgers Reidy Ltd, was doubtful he would be able to recover any of the outstanding money owed to the company.

Mr Ah Sam said he would be looking into all aspects of the Tuigamala & Sons liquidation – including whether any transactions were made after it was placed in liquidation.

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