What does mandatory fluoridation mean for you?

The Government has proposed legislation to shift responsibility and decision making from the local councils to the District Health Boards. This, in effect, means mandatory fluoridation for the whole of New Zealand as the DHBs are contractually obligated to carry out Ministry of Health policy. Currently, only around 50% of households are on fluoridated water, with only 23 out of 67 local councils choosing fluoridation.  Approximately 2.3m people are exposed to fluoridated water at the moment. Approximately 1.3m further people could be exposed if DHBs are allowed to take control of fluoridation.


  • April 2016 announcement that Government proposes legislation
  • Expected that MOH is writing legislation which may be ready around July/August 2016
  • Health Minister to present Legislation for its first reading when ready
  • Health Select Committee will consider. At this stage submissions will be sought and people can speak to the Committee
  • Expect 2nd Reading would be early/mid next year
  • Expect 3rd Reading to be late 2017 or early 2018


Read Fluoride Free NZ’s press releases:

14th April 2016 NZ Research Proves Fluoridation Not Needed

13th April 2016. Mandatory Nationwide Fluoridation by Stealth


Serious action needed now. It’s all hands to the deck if we want to stop this proposal. Here’s a few ideas of how you can help:

1. Sign up for our posts. You will find “subscribe” button on right hand side http://fluoridefree.org.nz/

2. Contribute to our Give A Little Campaign . We are raising funds for:

3. Attend one of our upcoming meetings

4. Sign and share Fluoride Free NZ’s petition to stop mandatory fluoridation

5. Buy our FFNZ publication and give it to someone you know

6. Make comments on blogs

7. Email and offer to help

8. Email the Health Minister Jonathan Coleman (), Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne (), Labour Health Spokesperson Annette King (), Green Health Spokesperson Kevin Hague () and New Zealand First Health Spokesperson Barbara Stewart ()

We need your help to stop this and, instead, we turn the whole of New Zealand fluoridation free.


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Paul Hnery Show April 2016

Paul Henry Show April 2016


The Press (Canterbury) April 2016

The Press (Canterbury) April 2016




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Media items on this topic

14th April Nelson Mail NMDHB supportive of decision to take control of water fluoridation
14th April Southland Times Southland and Gore districts may face possible water fluoridation
14th April Hawke’s Bay Today Fluoridation Possible DHB
14th April Otago Daily Times Mayor praises Govt’s DHB fluoride plan
14th April Rotorua Daily Post Bill reopens fluoride debate
14th April Radio New Zealand Fluoridating water supplies law change
14th April Paul Henry Show Fluoridation a no-brainer says dentist
13th April Stuff Why has Government proposed DHBs decide on water fluoridation? And what is fluoride anyway?
13th April TV3 News Govt wants DHBs to control fluoride