Fluoride Row Renewed

Fluoride container at the water treatment plant
Fluoride container at the water treatment plant

KCDC to talk to community, again, re fluoride

By Alan Tristram

The fluoride controversy looks set to re-ignite on the Kapiti Coast as the KCDC  moves to re-open the topic for public input.

Kāpiti Coast District Council (KCDC) says it will begin consulting with the community early next year about whether to continue adding fluoride to local water supplies.


 Fluoride is currently added to public water supplied to Waikanae, Paraparaumu and Raumati, but not Ōtaki or Paekākāriki.

Last June, as part of Annual Plan discussions, Council received a number of submissions from residents who want fluoride removed from drinking water because of concerns about health effects.

Council resolved to initiate a special consultative process under the Local Government Act early next year to canvass community opinion for a second time.  The community was consulted on the issue three years ago.  Council voted in favour of retaining fluoride, at a reduced level.

Mayor Ross Church says the new consultation round will involve submissions and public hearings, similar to the Long Term Plan (LTP) process.

“It is clear the issue is not going to go away and given that this is an important public health issue, Kāpiti, like other Councils, is going to have to revisit it with their communities,” he says.

At the June meeting councillors expressed frustration that local councils are being left to make decisions about fluoridation and Council resolved to seek the support of Local Government New Zealand in making the issue the responsibility of health authorities.


Hi Betty Your comment says it all really. it just show how the results of fluoride impact on the community is so many ways . People wonder why we like fluoride and when you read stories like yours it ticks all the boxes. And you are talking about the people reading this . Its their kids who will suffer if fluoride is discontinued, through some scaremongering and poison from an activist group with their own agenda

Years ago in UK I was the radiographer in charge of a Public Health Department X-ray department. In those days there weren’t any X-Ray Units in the dental clinics around the large industrial town where I lived, population greater than the Wellington region.
Consequently one of my tasks was to X-ray children’s teeth. This was in 1949-52, so few soft drinks and sugary sweets.
I have seen such terrible mouths of teeth, with young children screaming in pain.
Later I was in charge of the X-ray department of the Jenny Lind Hospital for Sick Children in Norwich City…again so many children with dental caries.
Arriving in NZ in 1964 to work in Hutt City where there was fluoride in the water the difference
in dental health was noticeable.
My mouth has several fillings and 4 missing teeth…my children and grandchildren have good healthy teeth, one not going to the dentist for years, then not needing any fillings.
I know from experience that fluoride helps the health of children’s teeth, and adult ones.
As a medical worker for 22 years I have never seen evidence of the ill effects that are claimed
to be caused by fluoride.
Betty van Gaalen, former MSR, and MRSH both diplomas equivalent to a BSc degree.

Betty, you get it. I share similar experiences in dealing with the devastating pain and debilitation caused by untreated dental disease. For the majority of my 32 years in dental practice I have provided care predominantly to low-income and indigent patients. Additionally, I created and built a large free portable dental clinic which provided free dental care to tens of thousands of indigent persons in 6 states here in the US. I have seen and continue to see, on a daily basis, the pain, suffering, debilitation, and life-threatening effects that begin with just one cavity in one tooth. There are those, such as Paul Connett for one, who attempt to trivialize the effects of untreated dental disease, stating that the “disorders” they constantly claim to be associated with water fluoridation, with no substantiation whatsoever for these claims, far outweigh the “small” amount of prevention, from fluoridation, of dental disease they claim is all that is obtained.

The absurdity of such claims is obvious to those such as you, who have observed first hand the devastation caused by untreated dental disease. Thank you for your comment.

Steven D. Slott, DDS

The way to reach an honest, informed decision, in the best interests of your citizenry, on the issue of water fluoridation is to access accurate information from reliable, respected, and original sources. As evidenced already in these comments, fluoride opponents, such as James Reeves, will post comment after comment full of unsubstantiated misinformation. Demand substantiation from valid sources, reject dishonest attempts to steer you to biased, antifluoridationist websites such as “fluoridealert.org” and others which are rife with filtered and edited “information” and misinformation, and seek to obtain your own information from reliable sources. The websites of the US EPA, the US CDC, the World Health Organization, and the American Dental Association, are but a few of the respected sources from which a wealth of accurate, information on water fluoridation may be obtained by anyone who so desires. Utilize them.

Steven D. Slott, DDS

Well first thing is dont have a tribunal hearing ,It will be hijacked by the anti fluoride groups ,look what happened in Hamilton, and what happened when there was a referendum. The problem is most people dont bother to write in to a tribunal and the result is not a true representation of the wishes of the people, It is normal for the anti fluoride movement to try and keep the public as far from the decision making process as possible, for as long as possible So they can poison the process

And of course the jwillie 6 is a activist from the U.S.A and as usual, has no documented independent proof of the claims he is making just the usual scaremongering

The world has learned the truth that fluoridation is ineffective for teeth and dangerous to health, so only 5% of the world and only 3% of Europe fluoridate their drinking water. The tooth decay rate in Europe is as good or better than any fluoridated country including the U.S.

The solution for the fluoridation issue is very simple.
1. Take the toxic waste fluoride chemical out of the drinking water.
2. It is still legal and available, so those who wish to take it can then put fluoride in their own glass of water.
3. Leave the rest of us out of it, giving everyone the freedom of choice.

Looks like the KCDC propaganda machine is still in full cry , even with a change of council.

It would appear that like the panic to review the PDP, after it had been released for intelligent public scrutiny, this issue has been forced on KCDC to act upon because of the procedural wrongdoing of one of our previous allegedly experienced councilors not declaring a conflict of interest, as recently reported.

The outcome of yet another High court case may well see KCDC having to reverse their prior stance and do what they are now saying they are doing, but directed by a Judge.

Come on KCDC lets start this triennium by just being honest. As one of the successful candidates said ” Bin the Spin” and lets deal with the issues, including mistakes, like adults working for a better unified community.