'It could have been fatal' - Auckland Mayor Phil Goff talks about heart attack that saw him hospitalised

Auckland mayor Phil Goff says he could have died after suffering a heart attack that led to him being hospitalised on Saturday.

Mr Goff said one of his arteries became completely blocked and his main artery 75 per cent blocked.

"If the blockage had of occurred in the other [main] artery, it could have been fatal," he told, NZ Herald.

Mr Goff says there's is a family history of heart disease.

The genetic problem claimed the life of his older brother, who died from a heart attack in 2007, and that of his great-great grandmother, who died from a heart attack at 56.

"I told her [his wife, Mary] I might go to a meeting and she ripped me to shreds, telling me 'I'm taking you home and you are staying there for the rest of the week'," Goff said before he was discharged from Middlemore Hospital yesterday afternoon.

The mayor began feeling unwell after touching down in Auckland Airport last Thursday morning after spending three days on business in Hong Kong.

The following day, Mr Goff said he had some indigestion and minor pressure on his chest.

By Saturday, after suffering persisting headaches, the 64-year-old was put in an ambulance by doctors and, one hour later, he was operated on at Auckland City Hospital.

After having two angioplasty surgeries, Mr Goff said he felt "back to normal and, in fact, will be better than normal in a couple of weeks".

Phil Goff says windows and doors were smashed in at the apartments in Kohimarama but it could have been a lot worse.
Phil Goff. Source: 1 NEWS

Hamilton shooting which left man in hospital was 'targeted attack'

Police say the shooting of a man in Hamilton last night was a "targeted attack".

The incident occurred on Derby Street at approximately 10:25pm yesterday, leaving a 35-year-old man in Waikato Hospital with moderate but not life-threatening injuries.

The man is in a stable condition in a high dependency unit.

Hamilton City Area Commander Inspector Freda Grace said a group was involved in the attack.

"Investigations so far have established a group of offenders arrived at Derby Street and approached a house they believed belonged to the target of their attack and knocked on the door," she said.

"A man who lived at the address opened the door and an altercation occurred. He was uninjured but understandably shaken by the event.

"Following this, the group of offenders went to the house next door. A number of shots were fired and the 35-year-old man they were targeting was hit inside his address.

"The group have then fled the scene in vehicles."

Police are continuing a scene investigation today but it is not yet known whether the incident involves members of organised crime groups.

Inspector Grace says there is nothing to suggest the shooting is connected to a number of serious incidents involving people being harmed across Waikato in recent months.

Police are keen to talk to anyone who was in the area around 10:25pm yesterday who may have witnessed anything suspicious or have information of interest to the investigation.

People can contact Hamilton Police on 07 858 6200 or call Crimestoppers anonymously via 0800 555 111.

The incident took place in Nawton at 10.25pm yesterday – the offender fled the scene by car. Source: Breakfast


Pet food company fined $90k over employee's ill-treatment of bobby calves

The owner of a pet food plant has been sentenced for allowing one of his employees to ill-treat bobby calves.

Alan Cleaver from Te Kauwhata has been sentenced in the Hamilton District Court to six months community detention and 180 hours community work.

His company, Down Cow Limited was fined $90,000 dollars.

Mr Cleaver has also been banned for five years from having anything to do with the ownership or care of farm animals.

Charges were laid against Mr Cleaver, the company and an employee following secret video taken by the animal rights group, Farmwatch in 2015.

The employee, Noel Erickson was originally sentenced in 2016 to home detention but this was reduced on appeal by two years in prison.

Noel Erickson's actions were exposed by TVNZ's Sunday programme and caused widespread anger and disgust. Source: 1 NEWS


Calf. Source: 1 NEWS



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Fine weather for most of the country today, a few scattered clouds otherwise clear

TVNZ weather presenter Dan Corbett gives the latest update. Source: 1 NEWS