A Hamilton councillor is under fire for lobbying her colleagues over her anti-fluoride stance.
A first-time councillor has been criticised for lobbying her elected colleagues and the district health board over her anti-fluoride views.
Siggi Henry, a Hamilton City Councillor, claims health experts and "smarty pants" scientists have brainwashed the public with misinformation over fluoride, Fairfax says.
In an email seen by the Herald, the long-time anti-fluoride campaigner has urged Waikato District Health Board (DHB) and the council to take up the cause, Fairfax said.
It comes after Henry played down her extreme anti-fluoride views during her campaign to become a councillor.
In the email Henry said she did not believe fluoride statistics promoted by Health Minister Jonathan Coleman and Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne when they announced last week that legislation has been introduced to enable DHBs to decide whether community water supplies are fluoridated, instead of councils.
"Sadly I have seen this kind of 'BS' for far too many years," she wrote to Hamilton councillors.
"I am not talking about Fluoride but Hydrofluosilicic Acid. Tooth decay is not a result of lack of fluoride but a result of too much sugar. And the DHBs should start addressing that issue.
"Maybe our DHB members can ask about Hydrofluosilicic Acid at their next meeting."
But the "extraordinary outburst" is another example of why decisions over water fluoridation should be made by district health boards and not local councils, Water New Zealand says.
Chief executive John Pfahlert said most councillors were not qualified to make decisions on fluoride in water because it was a scientific health issue, not an ideological one..................