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Wednesday, March 05, 2014

NZ - Health authorities responsible for fluoride?

Council gains support to make health authorities responsible for fluoride
Kapiti Coast District Council
Wednesday 05 March 2014, 4:48PM
Media release from Kapiti Coast District Council

Local Authorities in the Wellington region have resolved to take a remit to the Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) national conference proposing to make health authorities, rather than local councils, responsible for deciding whether fluoride is put into local water supplies.

Kāpiti District Council sent the remit to the group of councils; known as the Zone 4 group, which supported the need for a debate and resolved today to take the Kāpiti remit to the (LGNZ) Conference in July. The remit reads:

That Local Government New Zealand urge the Government to amend the appropriate legislation so that the addition of fluoride to drinking water supplies is not a decision that is left to the Local Authority.

Kāpiti Coast District Council is about to consult with its community about whether to continue adding fluoride to the water supplies of Paraparaumu, Raumati and Waikanae, as part of Annual Plan deliberations. Council resolved late last year to seek support from LGNZ to shift the decision making to national health authorities.

Mayor Ross Church says, as long as councils are involved, decision-making falls to lay people without scientific knowledge, who are open to being influenced by strong lobby groups.

"We believe the appropriate government agency should ultimately be responsible for any decision associated with the use of fluoride in the public water supply. It's hard to see any local government decision-making is needed in what is clearly a national health issue.

"As long as councils are left to deal with fluoride, they will continually come under pressure to review the policy and potentially have to spend ratepayers' money fighting judicial reviews and legal responses to any decision they make.".......................

If there is such strong opposition to fluoridation they shouldn't try to force it on people. There are other ways to directly help children with poor parents who don't look after their children's dental health.


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