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Fluoridation bill introduced to parliament

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 17/11/2016

<span style="font-size:13px;">The government has introduced a bill that shifts authority to fluoridate water supplies from councils to district health boards.</span> © Corbis images The government has introduced a bill that shifts authority to fluoridate water supplies from councils to district health boards. District health boards rather than local authorities will decide whether water supplies should be fluoridated under a bill the government has introduced to parliament.

It's been a contentious issue in the past and not all councils agree with fluoridation.

The government has previously announced its intention to give fluoridation authority to DHBs.

"While New Zealand's oral health has improved dramatically over the last 30 years, we still have high rates of preventable tooth decay," Health Minister Jonathan Coleman said on Thursday.

"This change would benefit over 1.4 million New Zealanders who live in areas where networked community water supplies are not currently fluoridated."

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