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UPDATED: DHBs to control water fluoridation – In the News

John Kerr posted in on April 13th, 2016.

The Government has announced planned legislation that will move responsibility for water fluoridation from local councils to District Health Boards. The decision comes after numerous local councils have grappled with decisions over water fluoridation, balancing expert advice and lobbying from anti-fluoridation campaigners. Previous SMC coverage of fluoride and council decisions can be found here. “Moving […]

Academics push for sugary drinks tax – In the News

John Kerr posted in on April 4th, 2016.

In open letter published this weekend, public health researchers are calling on the Government to introduce a tax on sugary drinks. Citing a number of grim statistics on New Zealand obesity and oral health situation, the authors urge the Government to to bring in stronger measures. “As a matter of urgency, we urge Cabinet to […]

Whakatane fluoride decision fuels Govt re-think

John Kerr posted in on February 1st, 2016.

The Whakatane District Council’s Policy Committee has voted narrowly in favour removing fluoride from the District’s public water supplies. Following last week’s decision, representatives of local and central government have weighed in on the issue of who should have the final say over community water fluoridation. The Royal Society of New Zealand and the Office […]

New Zealanders uncertain about water fluoridation

John Kerr posted in on August 11th, 2015.

New Zealanders aren’t getting enough information about the health effects of community water fluoridation to know whether it is a good or a bad thing, suggests a new study. The research, based on a survey of almost 3,500 people, is published today in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health. The authors found […]

Sugar & dental health – TVNZ Sunday

Laura Goodall posted in on March 9th, 2015.

Nelson Dentist Rob Beaglehole’s campaign against sugar-sweetened beverages is the focus of a segment on TVNZ’s Sunday current affairs show. Watch the full clip here. From the Sunday website: Bittersweet – One man’s mission to get rid of our sweet tooth. Eat too much sugar, your teeth will rot. We’ve all had that message drummed […]

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Fluoride use overturned in Hamilton – expert responds

John Kerr posted in on June 5th, 2013.

Fluoride will no longer be added to drinking supplies in New Zealand’s fourth-largest city, ending nearly five decades of established practice. Councillors voted this morning to stop adding fluoride to Hamilton’s drinking water, overturning the outcome of a 2006 referendum in support of continued fluoridation. The decision will create the second-largest population in the country […]

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