Is my town fluoridated? 

The following is a list of all towns and cities in New Zealand that are, or have been, fluoridated.  If your town is not on the list, then it has never been fluoridated. See also fluoridation status by council and what are they fluoridating with?

Note: In July 2022 the Director General of Health send the following councils an order to start fluoridation: Auckland (to fluoridate Onehunga and Waiuku), Hastings, Horowhenua, Kawerau, Nelson, New Plymouth, Rotorua Lakes, Tararua, Tauranga City, Waipa (for Cambridge), Waitaki, Western Bay of Plenty, Far North (for Kerikeri and Kaitaia) and Whangārei. 

Councils will have between six months and over three years, depending on the circumstances, to fluoridate parts of their water supply that were not already fluoridated. See our Legislation page for more information on this.

 Last updated 24 May 2024.

 TownStartedStopped
19662002
  • Ashhurst
1962 or 1966 
1966 
  • Balclutha Temporarily stopped in December 2019 due to technical difficulties.
19672019
2024 
  • Bluff (stopped in the 1980s but connected to Invercargill water some time later – is now fluoridated)
19631980s
2014 
  • Burnham Military Camp (only place in Canterbury, except Methven)
? 
2014 
1967 
1966 
19691984
  • Flaxmere Fluoridation was stopped in 2016 due to an e-coli outbreak as the fluoride injectors were needed for delivering chlorine instead.
??2016
2024 
1965 
1966 
  • Hastings City Fluoridation was stopped in 2016 due to an e-coli outbreak as the fluoride injectors were needed for delivering chlorine instead.
19542016
2024 
  • Havelock North Fluoridation was stopped in 2016 due to an e-coli outbreak as the fluoride injectors were needed for delivering chlorine instead.
??2016
2024 
1970 
  • Hibiscus Coast (Orewa)
  
19751975
  • Huntly Temporarily stopped in January 2018 due to technical difficulties. Restarted in October 2020 but not up to MoH recommended levels until March 2021.
1966 
1963 
  • Kaitaia
19681986
  • Kaitangata Temporarily stopped in December 2019 due to technical difficulties.
2011 2019
2024 
  • Linton
? 
1959 
  • Masterton
1974 
  • Matamata
19711985
1970 
1966 
  • Milton Temporarily stopped in December 2019 due to technical difficulties.
20112019
2024 
  • Morrinsville
19711985
2017 
19712011
  • New Plymouth New Plymouth District Council restarted fluoridation on the 31st of July 2023 after a Directive from the Director General of Health ordered them to do so. They could have sought an Interim Injunction pending a new New Health New Zealand Judicial Review but chose not to.
2023 
  • Ngaruawahia Temporarily stopped in January 2016 due to technical difficulties. Restarted in March 2020.
1967 
1966 
 1962 
1971 
1979 
2014 
 ?? 
  • Porirua Fluoridation was stopped due to technical difficulties in May 2021 but equipment replaced and fluoridation re-established in September 2022.
 1965  
1979 
19791979
  • Stratford
1973 
  • Tapanui Temporarily stopped in December 2019 due to technical difficulties.
2011 2019
2024 
19642012
19631986
19901992
1965 
  • Te Kauwhata Temporarily stopped in January 2016 due to technical difficulties. Restarted in April 2021.
?? 
1974 
19731985
1969 
 ?? 
1968 
  • Twizel
19711984
  • Upper Hutt Fluoridation was stopped due to technical difficulties in May 2021 but equipment replaced and fluoridation re-established in September 2022.
1965 
2014 
1969 
19651986
19792012
1966 
2020 
  • Wellington Fluoridation was stopped due to technical difficulties in May 2021 but equipment replaced and fluoridation re-established in September 2022.
1965 
1969 

NZ Army Camps fluoridated:

  • Burnham Army Camp, Christchurch
  • Linton Army Camp, Palmerston North, Manawatu
  • Trentham Military Camp, Upper Hutt, Wellington
  • Papakura Military Camp, Auckland

All camps except Waiouru are fluoridated.

RNZAF Airbases fluoridated:

  • Woodbourne, Blenheim
  • Whenuapai, Auckland

NZ Prisons fluoridated: (No alternative is provided to inmates)

  • Auckland Prison
  • Mt Eden Corrections Facility
  • Auckland Region Women’s Correction Facility
  • Hawke’s Bay Regional Prison
  • Remutaka Prison
  • Arohata Prison
  • Otago Corrections Facility
  • Milton Prison
  • Invercargill Prison

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