Auckland Campaign 2016

How to become involved:

Auckland City


5.2 Public Input – See Auckland Council Regional Strategy and Policy Committee Meeting Minutes. 5 November 2015

d) request that staff, under delegation from the Chief Executive, write to the Minister of Health to request an update on their position in relation to the LGNZ remit that the Director General of Health be responsible for decisions on fluoridation.

Voted for Central Government Control: Deputy Chairperson AJ Anae, Cr CE Brewer, Cr WB Cashmore, Cr RI Clow, Cr LA Cooper, Deputy Mayor PA Hulse, Member K MacDonald, Cr CM Penrose, Cr D Quax, Cr SL Stewart, Cr JG Walker, Cr MP Webster, Member G Wilcox, Chairperson GS Wood, Cr AM Filipaina, Cr DA Krum

Voted Against Central Government Control: Crs CM Casey, C Darby, ME Lee, WD Walker and J Watson

Onehunga –  Maungakiekie-Tāmaki Councillor:

Cr DA Krum

Huia – Waitākere Councillors:

Deputy Mayor PA Hulse

Linda Cooper





Chair of Auckland Council’s Policy and Strategy committee decided unilaterally yesterday (7 April 2016) that a petition from Fluoride Free New Zealand could be received but not debated on. This left councillors no option other than to vote to accept the petition or not. Read Fluoride Free NZ’s Press release.


Watch the video or read the transcript of the Auckland Council Regional Strategy and Policy Comittee meeting 7th April 2016



The residents of the Franklin Ward townships of Buckland, Patumahoe, Clarks Beach, Waiau Beach and Glenbrook Beach who receive reticulated water have been consuming fluoridated water since 2014 without their knowledge or the legally required consultation. The details emerged of the clandestine act when Fluoride Free NZ investigated the actual readings provided by Watercare’s own annual water quality reports. The analysis showed that these townships had never been fluoridated.
The Watercare initiative to supposedly improve the water quality by connecting the townships to the Waikato Pipeline had the consequence of beginning fluoridation for the five Franklin Ward townships. The residents of the townships were not notified or consulted of this major change to their water supply. Not only are the townships being given fluoridated water without their knowledge, records show that sometimes fluoridation is being carried out at a higher rate than even the Ministry of Health recommends (1.1ppm).
Watercare needs to take ownership of the incorrect implementation process but ultimately the Auckland Councillors are morally and legally responsible for Auckland’s fluoridation policy and must be held to account.



Please sign the petition that will be presented to Auckland Council by Fluoride Free NZ on Thursday 7 April at 930am.


To Auckland Council Regional Strategy and Policy Committee,

We the undersigned require the Council to, in relation to those residents in the Franklin Ward townships of Buckland, Patumahoe, Clarks Beach, Waiau Beach and Glenbrook Beach who receive reticulated water:
1. consult with those residents in an open. transparent and democratically accountable manner regarding the addition of fluorides to their water supply, as required under section 14 and Part 6 of the Local Government Act 2002; and

2. immediately cease adding fluorides to their water supply (this constituting medicating these residents without their consent) until such consultation has taken place.
We reject the illegal medication of these residents by a private water company, accepted by the Auckland Council on 3 March 2016, in breach of the consultation requirements of the Local Government Act.
Signed by Fluoride Free


Taken from the Watercare information report prepared for Auckland Council.

“To ensure that the Pukekohe community is consistently supplied with drinking water that complies with DWSNZ, the Waikato pipeline was extended to Pukekohe in 2013. To provide this level of service to customers in the Patumahoe, Clarks Beach, Waiau Beach and Glenbrook Beach townships, these communities were connected to the Waikato Pipeline in 2014.”


Franklin Ward Area Waikato Line

Watercare extended the Waikato Line through Pukekohe

westwards to the Franklin townships in 2014. No consultation

or notification of fluoridation was made to the residents.



4 March 2016 Front page of Central Leader (distribution 80,000)

Fluoride levels reduced Front Page of the Central Leader 4 March 2016

Auckland Council accepts Watercare’s fluoridation report at the Regional Strategy and Policy Committee meeting on 3 March.

See the minutes with the report included:

2 March 2016 Fluoride levels reduced in Auckland’s drinking water Stuff Online

28 February 2016 Fluoride in Auckland’s water reduced  NZHerald

Read Fluoride Free NZ’s press release.

Read Watercare’s Fluoridation Information Report to Auckland Council.

See a summary of Watercare’s fluoride levels from 2013/2014 showing an overdosing of fluoride to Auckland water users.

See a summary of Watercare’s fluoride levels from November 2015 to May 2016.




Read the full press release.

Watch the full Auckland Council Regional Strategy and Policy meeting from 5 November. Fluoride Free NZ start their presentation at 26 min.

30 March 2016 Te Papapa preschool fluoride free Central Leader

Fluoride Free Te Papapa

11 November 2015 Water fountain gets healthy smiles Stuff

6 November 2015 Onehunga at centre of fluoride debate Stuff



Map of Non-fluoridated Onehunga

Onehunga non Fluoridation Map

Official Information Act Request Responses 


What was the outcome of the 2015 Long Term Plan on the fluoridation issue?

Mayor Len Brown has the decision on reviewing fluoridation and FFNZ has been advised by the Auckland Council CEO that fluoridation will not be reviewed between 2014 – 2016.


What parts of Auckland are fluoridated?

All of Auckland except Onehunga and Huia Village.


What fluoride chemicals are used to fluoridate Auckland’s water supply?

IXOM (formerly Orica) supplies Hydrofluorosilicic Acid H2SiF6 to Council to fluoridate.


What level is Auckland fluoridated at?



Please advise if Auckland Council will be reducing the target of fluoridation from the current 0.7 – 1 ppm target range to the new single target of 0.7ppm as advised by the US HHS?

Auckland Council does not set Drinking Water Standards for water suppliers. This is the responsibility of the Ministry of Health, who set the maximum allowable levels of fluoride in drinking water through the Drinking Water Standards for New Zealand 2005 (Revised 2008). Any change to the Drinking Water Standards must follow the process set out in the Health Act (Drinking Water Amendment). Auckland Council has however sought advice from Julia Peters at Auckland District Health Board regarding a similar question from an Auckland Councillor. Her advice is as follows:

Thank you for requesting ARPHS advice regarding the implications of the revised recommendations for Community Water Fluoridation (CWF) in the United States from a range of 0.7-1.2 ppm to a single level of 0.7ppm. It is pleasing to note that yet another thorough review of evidence relating to CWF finds it is effective, safe, and ethical.

The rationale for reducing the maximum recommended concentration of fluoride in water relates to the access that Americans have to other sources of fluoride and the rise in the prevalence of dental fluorosis between oral health surveys.


In New Zealand the Ministry of Health recommends the adjustment of fluoride to between 0.7-1.0 ppm in drinking water as the most effective and efficient way of preventing dental caries in communities receiving a reticulated water supply and strongly recommends the continuation and extension of water fluoridation programmes where technically feasible.

We note the US recommendation of 0.7ppm adjust the previous 0.7 to 1.2 ppm recommended in the US, based on evidence relating to effectiveness, safety, and other sources of dietary fluoride. In the US report particular attention was given to evidence relating increases in rates of dental fluorosis between studies.

Relevant NZ research has not found minor or mild dental fluorosis levels to be different in NZ populations with or without CWF.

Further the NZ national oral health survey (MOH 2009) found that only 43% of children and 63% of adults brushed their teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. These rates were significantly lower in Maori, Pacific and most deprived communities who benefit most from CWF a safe, effective, efficient and equitable intervention to improve and protect oral health throughout the life course.

Our advice to Auckland Council is therefore that the current NZ recommendation of CWF at 0.7 to 1.0 ppm remains appropriate.

Julia also notes in her reply that the Ministry of Health has also advised that there will be no change in the national policy CWF targets.


Regarding the decision to fluoridate Auckland water, Stephen Town has advised that “Fluoridation as a policy matter is not on the Council’s current policy schedule for review/debate” and that “the Mayor has a statutory role to lead policy matters with the Auckland Council and he has indicated he does not intend reviewing this matter during his term in office (2013 – 2016).” Auckland Council.



Where is the waste water for Auckland discharged?

Watercare’s treated wastewater assimilates into the environment in different ways at its various wastewater treatment plants. The main plants at Mangere, Rosedale and Army Bay discharge highly treated wastewater into sea water. Some of the smaller plants discharge to land, some by surface spray and some by subsurface irrigation fields. All plants have resource consents which specify the quality the discharge is required to meet.


Is there a Resource consent for the discharge of fluoridation chemicals into the sea, land , surface and subsurface irrigation?

No, there is none.


Can you provide the section of the consent that permits?

No, there is none.


Is there a Resource Consent held by Auckland City Council to add Hydrofluorosilicic Acid to Auckland’s water supplies?



How much per annum is spent on Hydrofluorosilicic acid?

The cost of fluoridation is withheld in order to prevent prejudice to the commercial position of our suppliers under s7(2)(b)(ii) of the Act. We can advise that the cost ranges between $200,000 – 300,000 per year.

The cost equates to approximately 0.2 of a cent per 1000L of water.


How much per annum is spent on implementing water fluoridation?

“The fluoridation of Auckland’s water supply is a minor component of a larger operations, maintenance and monitoring programme and therefore does not incur any further costs to our customers”.


How much per annum is spent on testing the levels of water fluoridation?

“Compliance testing associated with fluoridation of Auckland’s water supply makes up less than 1% of the total water quality monitoring programme, as do the associated costs.


How much does it cost per Tonne of Hydrofluorosilicic Acid?

Approximately $300 per Tonne.


How many Tonne of Hydrofluorosilicic Acid is added into Auckland’s shared environment?

Approximately 700 tonne of Hydrofluorosilicic Acid that Auckland Council add to Auckland’s shared water supply annually. Auckland City Fluoride Solution 2010/11 – 769 Tonner, 2011/2012 – 728 Tonne, 2012/2013 – 673 Tonne (Watercare GRI Report page 17)


How frequent is the levels of fluoride in the water tested?

Continuous monitoring. Weekly samples.


Who performs the testing?

Watercare laboratory Services.


When did fluoridation begin in Auckland and has there been any public consultation since beginning?

Fluoridation started in Auckland in 1966. The basis for fluoridation in Auckland is from the North Shore City Council’s referendum in 1993/94.

Who is liable from any damage as a result of fluoridation? Is Auckland Council liagble for any damage?

“This question is not a LGOIMA request and the Council can withhold on the basis that it does not hold this information. However, you may find the Ministry of Health webpage on fluoridation useful (Fluoridation | Ministry of Health NZ). Should you want further information regarding liability for damages as a result of fluoridation we suggest you should seek legal advice”. Auckland City Council


Where are the fluoridation readings to confirm the concentration being added found?

Results are published on an annual basis. Fluoridation readings can be found in the Water Quality reports (linked below).


Please advise what notification Auckland Council gives to consumers that the Auckland tap water is fluoridated

“Water fluoridation levels are published in the annual water quality reports.” Auckland City Council.


Fluoride Free Auckland at Go Green 2016

Fluoride Free Auckland will be at the Go Green Event on the 16th & 17th of April, at the ASB Showgrounds in Greenlane, Auckland. See the event page for details.

Dentists Dr Lawrie Brett and Dr John Jukes will be at the two day event and looks forward to meeting people to discuss the issue of water fluoridation.



Fluoride Free Auckland at Go Green 2015

Fluoride Free Auckland will be at the Go Green Event on the 18th & 19th of April, at the ASB Showgrounds in Greenlane, Auckland. See the event page for details.

Dentist Dr Lawrie Brett will be at the two day event and looks forward to meeting people to discuss the issue of water fluoridation.

Fluoride Lawrie 4

Go Green 2015 Marketing

Fluoride ad 11March2015

What areas of Auckland are fluoridated?

As per Watercare:

“Finally, fluoride is added to Auckland’s treated water supplies at the request of Auckland’s legacy councils (prior to Auckland Council integration). Currently, Onehunga and Huia Village are the only Auckland metropolitan areas where fluoride is not added. Lime is also added to help prevent the water supply pipes from corroding.”

To confirm if your tap water is fluoridated, contact Watercare Services Ltd.

Auckland Councillor speaks out to end fluoridation

On the 15th of January 2007, Auckland Councillor Dr John Hinchcliff presented a paper to the Auckland Council calling for an end to fluoridation in the city.




Prof Paul Connett and Dr William Hirzy 2015 NZ Tour

In February 2015, Fluoride Free Auckland welcomed Dr Paul Connett, from the Fluoride Action Network, back for the start of his 2015 Speaking Tour.

Auckland Campaign in 2014

2014 has been focused on insisting that the Auckland Council review fluoridation in the form of a tribunal process. It began with Dr Paul Connett’s presentation at the Mt Eden War Memorial.

See details of the correspondence with Auckland Council and the current situation of a review on fluoridation.

2013 Local body elections – Find out who to vote for. These CANDIDATES are FOR ending fluoridation.

NZ Herald 8th June 2013 Rural water not fluoride-treated

If you are from the local boards of Albert-Eden, Maungakiekie-Tāmaki, Orākei, Puketāpapa, Waitematā, or Whau and would like to end fluoridation in your area please like and email

Auckland Action Facebook page

Auckland Rally against fluoridation Monday 8th April 2013 9.30am outside Town Hall
– See TV coverage

Herald on Sunday 30th March 2013:

Editorial 30th March 2013,

Court battle for council

Fluoridated Water causing Mystery illness

9th August 2011 

New Auckland Action Group started. 


Thursday, 31st March 2011

Public meeting and presentation by world leading fluoridation expert, U.S. Prof Emeritus Paul Connett: 7.30pm – 9pm at Auckland University, Maclaurin Chapel Lounge, corner of Princes Street & Waterloo Quadrant.

Saturday, 2nd April 2011

Public meeting and presentation by Paul Connett:  3pm – 6pm at Grey Lynn Community Hall.

Auckland Mayoral Candidate Colin Craig states his position on fluoridation and clean water.

*** Download notes from public meeting, including links for further research and action.



“Water Fluoridation in the new Auckland Super City and how it affects YOU”

Special guest: Colin Craig, super city mayoral candidate 

Thursday, September 23, 2010

7:00 – 8:00 pm

Belmont Intermediate School Hall, 188 Lake Rd, Takapuna, North Shore, Auckland

To help us get an idea of numbers, please register interest and intended attendance here.

  • What is it: Open, public meeting, all citizens of the Auckland region welcome – seating for roughly 500 people available.
  • Cost: Free but a gold coin donation is appreciated to cover hall hire and other meeting costs (newspaper advertising etc).
  • Meeting format: There will be an opening talk from the organisers then a video presentation on fluoridation and then a short Q&A session followed by final closing thoughts from the organisers. We are also working to get Auckland Mayoral Candidates to attend and briefly present their position on the issue.
  • There will be printed meeting handouts at the door but also please bring a pen and paper to take notes if you wish.
  • Time: 7-8PM (approx.) – meeting may run longer for those that wish to stay.
  • Location: The school hall of Belmont Intermediate School is in the middle of the school grounds. There will be a footpath sign and balloons just outside the entrance to the hall to make it easier to find. Be careful not to confuse Belmont Intermediate with Takapuna Grammar School, which is immediately next door (they share sports fields).
  • Parking: There is car park access from Lake Rd and from Winscombe St.
  • See location on Google Maps