On Thursday the Hastings Council debated the future of fluoride in Hastings drinking water.
Here’s a report from the scene of action by fluoride opponent Angela Hair …
Thanks for all your emails to the Councillors over the past 24 hours. The full Council met with the senior members of the DHB in attendance. The DHB were given the opportunity to speak on the subject, including the latest report from Europe released on 15 June, and were questioned extensively by Councillors. Neither the Fluoride Action Network, myself, Gavin Kenny, Girvan Roberts or Ben Warren were invited to present an opposing view in this meeting.
There was strong advocacy from Councillors Anne Wilson-Hunt, Henare O’Keefe, Keriana Poulain, Rod Heaps and Mayor Yule to allow the people of Hastings to have a say as to whether fluoride should remain in the Hastings water supply.
Councillor Bowers put to Council that the status quo should remain with Council officers talking with DHB to reduce the amount of fluoride in the water (0.7mg/L was suggested). Councillors Norm Speers, Tania Kerr, Mandy Kimber, Robert Burnside, Cynthia Bowers, Derek Brownrigg, and Kevin Watkins voted for the status quo, while Councillors Anne Wilson Hunt, Henare O’Keefe, Keriana Poulain, Rod Heaps, Wayne Bradshaw and Mayor Yule voted against the motion.
The final result was 7 for the status quo and 6 against. Absent were Mick Lester and Margaret Twigg.
The DHB acknowledged that despite information gathered from children in the 1950s for study purposes, no long term studies of how fluoride may be affecting our population has been carried out. They also acknowledge that the best way to deliver fluoride to teeth is topically, but say it is not the most cost-effective way.
There is a huge opportunity to do research on Hastings people, which I will pursue with DHB because we are unique in having had fluoridated water for 58 years.