Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

Council votes to continue fluoridating selected supplies

Council votes to continue fluoridating selected local water supplies

Kāpiti Coast District Council has voted to continuing adding fluoride to the water supplies of Waikanae, Paraparaumu and Raumati.

The Mayor and councillors voted 8 to 2 in favour of supporting continued fluoridation with the abstention of Councillor Tony Lloyd who couldn’t be present at all the hearings.

The Mayor and Councillors Gaylor, Elliot, Ammundsen, Holborow, Cardiff, Bell and Welsh voted in favour of retaining fluoride with Councillors Scott and Gurunathan voting against.

During a wide-ranging discussion before the vote was taken, councillors thanked submitters for their thorough presentations and conduct during the hearings. Some said they had learnt a lot through the process. The majority though reiterated the view that fluoridation should be an issue for central government not councils and gave this as the reason for voting to retain the status quo.

Council has submitted a remit via the Wellington region to the upcoming Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) Conference in July urging Government to amend the appropriate legislation to absolve councils from the responsibility for deciding on fluoride.

Mayor Ross Church told Councillors today he would be speaking ‘very strongly’ to the remit at the LGNZ conference in July.
ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

South Island Flooding: Focus Moves To Recovery

As water recedes throughout flood-impacted areas of the South Island, Minister of Civil Defence Nathan Guy has praised the efforts of those who were involved in the response to the flooding.

“Civil Defence Emergency Management Groups have acted proactively and decisively to keep people and property out of harm’s way,” says Mr Guy. More>>

 

PM's Press Conference: Boris, Infrastructure, Immigration, Drugs

Prime Minister Bill English opened this week's post-cabinet press conference by revisiting that day's announcement of 'Crown Infrastructure Partners'... More>>

Employers Pleased: Reports Of Govt Backdown On Low-Wage Immigration

MEA: We are pleased to hear that the Government is planning to review incoming immigration changes with a specific focus on how they will affect the regions. Effectively addressing skills shortages in manufacturing and other sectors needs to remain a core part of our immigration system ... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Ch-Ch-Changes At IRD

Job cuts aren’t happening at the IRD, exactly. Instead, there’s apparently a ‘transformation’ in store, and jobs won’t be axed ; no, they will be ‘transformed’ before our eyes into… non-jobs, if you happen to be among the unlucky legion of 1,900 who are being lined up for transformation... More>>

ALSO:

Christchurch Mental Health: Hospital Too 'Awful' For Reviewers To Visit

Jonathan Coleman has to stop the stalling over a new building for mental health services in Christchurch to replace the quake damaged Princess Margaret Hospital, says Labour’s Health spokesperson David Clark... More>>

ALSO:

Greens Call For Govt Action: Children Sick Because Of NZ Housing

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians president-elect said today that children with preventable respiratory illnesses are being re-admitted to hospital because they're being sent back to cold, damp homes. More>>

ALSO:

Less Tax Cut, More Spending: Labour Launches Fiscal Plan

“Labour will invest $8 billion more in health, $4 billion more in education and $5 billion more for Kiwi families through Working for Families, Best Start and the Winter Energy Payment than the Budget 2017 projections for the forecast period.” More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Greens’ Room For Political Pragmatism

The Greens here are currently being criticized by the commentariat for not making the same kind of pragmatic choices that sunk the Democrats in Australia. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election
 
 
 
  • PublicAddress
  • Pundit
  • Kiwiblog