Health Minister Jonathan Coleman and Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne have announced proposed legislative changes to allow District Health Boards (DHBs), rather than local authorities, to decide on which community water supplies are fluoridated in their areas.
At a meeting in November last year MCDHB passed a recommendation that ‘supports water fluoridation as a safe, effective and affordable way to prevent tooth decay across the whole population.’
Water fluoridation has been shown to have positive beneficial outcomes on dental health. There are areas in the MidCentral region that are both fluoridated and non-fluoridated. While Palmerston North, Feilding, Ashhurst and Linton are fluoridated, the Horowhenua region and Ōtaki is not, and neither is the Tararua district