'My family has a history of clogged arteries' - Phil Goff releases statement from hospital bed after urgent heart surgery

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Well wishers have urged Auckland Mayor Phil Goff to take more than just "a few days" off after he landed in hospital over the weekend for urgent heart surgery.

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Mr Goff underwent the angioplasty at Auckland Hospital on Saturday to have stents put in to widen arteries in his heart.

"My family has a history of clogged arteries, which despite being a virtuous non smoker I have been unable to escape," he said on his Facebook page.

He thanked the doctors and nurses for their care after the surgery went well but said he was already "hassling" them to let him go home.

He hoped he would be released by Tuesday and, "after a few days of working from home" would be back at work.

However, many well wishers on his Facebook page urged him to take a little while longer to heal.

"Relax on the work, life is more important than a job," Vicki Ruhe wrote.

"Phil, take care and remember we all need some rest sometimes. Delegate and Auckland will be fine a few days without you," Max Aversa said.

Deputy Mayor, Bill Cashmore, has taken over at Auckland Council in the meantime.

Mr Goff has been Mayor of Auckland since 2016 and among a slew of earlier political appointments served as Labour's leader in opposition from 2008 to 2011.

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