Your chance to be heard at Council this year.Most councils are inviting feedback now.
Every year councils invite the public to give feedback on their draft annual plan or the draft of their ten year plan depending on what they are doing that year. Feedback can be on any topic and there is usually a report in the local newspaper about which topics were submitted on. Fluoride Free New Zealand has been doing this since 2009 and we now ask every concerned citizen to do the same.
This is a reasonably simple and important piece of action people can take. Feedback can be in the form of an email and can be as long or as short as you like with as many attachments as you like (e.g.Why Fluoridation Should be Ended in New Zealand by Dr Paul Connett). You can find other information to include at www.fluoridefree.org.nz. The main thing is that it says you are opposed to fluoridation and would like the council to stop.
The Draft Annual Plan process was the catalyst to having fluoridation stopped in Taumarunui and New Plymouth in 2011, Waipukurau in 2012, Hamilton in 2013 and for Kapiti Coast District Council and Palmerston North City council deciding to include fluoridation as an item in the Draft Annual Plan last year. Even though Hamilton ended up restarting fluoridation and Kapiti and Palmerston North decided not to stop at this time, having the issue discussed on the plan resulted in a huge amount of public interest and awareness..
You don’t have to live in the area to put in a submission. At some councils, the councillors only receive a summary of the submissions unless the submitter is appearing in person, then they get the whole submission that was sent in. Therefore, it is really helpful to take the opportunity to speak to your submission as not only do you get that extra five minutes, it also means the councillors will have received your submission in its entirety.
Below are the Councils that have fluoridation, plus a few unfluoridated places where we know there is effort to start it, with the dates that submissions will be accepted, the email address to send your submission to or website page where it can be lodged online and the date/dates the submissions will be heard (this will be updated as the information comes to hand).
If you send an email please put “Submission to Draft Annual/Long Term Plan” in subject line to ensure it is in included and copy firstname.lastname@example.org so we can coordinate speaking time if lots of people choose to speak. Thanks.
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|The Far North District Council||23rd March||23rd April||Online form http://www.fndc.govt.nz/contact/email-us|
|Northland District Councilemail@example.com|
|Auckland Council||16th Marchfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Hamilton City||1st April||1st Mayemail@example.com|
|South Waikato District||18th March||20th April||Long Term Plan|
|Thames Coromandel District||no need to give feedback this year as they are holding a referendum later this year.|
|Waikato District||17th Aprilfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Taupo District||2nd March||4th Aprilemail@example.com|
|Whakatane District||12th March||13th April||Long Term plan see http://www.whakatane.govt.nz/ltp-2015|
|New Plymouth District||25th March||24th April||3rd – 5th June|
|South Taranaki District||30th March||6th Mayfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Stratford District||14th March||20th April||Long Termstratforddc@stratford.govt.nz|
|Gisborne||16th March||17th Aprilemail@example.com|
|Hastings||4th April||8th Mayfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Kapiti Coast District||20th March||24th April||Long Term plan email||second half of May|
|Masterton District||10th April||22nd May||http://wellington.govt.nz/|
|Porirua City||April||April||Long Term Planenquiries@pcc.govt.nz|
|Upper Hutt City||18th March||20th April||Long Term Plan
|Hutt City||30th March||30th Aprilemail@example.com|
|Wellington City||13th March||17th April|