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Kiwis turn off taps to support Pacific

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 21/03/2017

An anti-fluoride lobby group has lost its bid in the High Court to have fluoride in drinking water supplies declared a medicine. © Corbis images An anti-fluoride lobby group has lost its bid in the High Court to have fluoride in drinking water supplies declared a medicine. Kiwis across the country are preparing to go an entire day without using water from household or workplace taps to support their Pacific neighbours.

Anti-poverty campaigner Oxfam's Taps Off Day aims to raise money to provide countries in the Pacific with access to clean water.

Those taking part in the challenge will switch off their taps from 12.01am on March 22 and use only water collected in buckets or vessels to bathe and drink for the rest of the day.

Luckily for their work colleagues, participants will still be allowed to flush the toilet, organisers say.

"[Many] people in the Pacific ... struggle with access to safe water every single day," Oxfam's Charlene Fitisemanu said.

"All money raised will go towards Oxfam's water projects, providing sustainable solutions to the everyday water problems that cause widespread illness and disease, amongst other issues."

The drive comes as New Zealand's biggest city Auckland also faces its own water shortage.

Ms Fitisemanu said this gave locals a greater appreciation of why more money was needed to help countries, such as Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu.

There Oxfam's work includes projects that focus on improving the health of rural communities by improving access to safe water supplies, sanitation facilities and hygiene practices.

Taps Off Day runs from 12.01am to 11.59pm, March 22.

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