Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Take more responsibility for oral health care

Hon Peter Dunne
Associate Minister of Health

Friday, 11 September 2009

Dunne urges New Zealanders to take more responsibility for oral health care

Associate Minister of Health Peter Dunne has urged New Zealanders to take more responsibility for their oral health care.

Speaking to mark World Oral Health Day on 12 September, he said too many New Zealanders took their oral health for granted.

“The importance of oral health for the wellbeing of our communities cannot be overstated,” said Mr Dunne.

“Too many New Zealand communities are still affected by poor oral health, and too often it is children and young people bearing the brunt.

“That is why the Government and Ministry of Health have made a massive investment into child and adolescent oral health services through the brand new community and mobile dental clinics currently being rolled out across the country.”

The Government has committed $116 million in capital expenditure to the new child and adolescent services, an investment supported by operational funding of $40 million per annum from 2011/12.

It is expected that 94 mobile clinics and 121 fixed facilities will be built or upgraded over the next three years as part of this project.

“It is a focus of this Government that we give New Zealanders the best possible start to a lifetime of good oral health, but we must never forget that good oral health starts at home.”

“So I encourage parents to get involved in their child’s oral health needs, make sure they are brushing their teeth, watch what they eat and drink, and remain vigilant for any signs of plaque and decay,” said Mr Dunne.

For further information on how best to access oral health services parents should get in touch with their DHB or visit


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Overseas Investment Rules: New National Interest Test

Associate Finance Minister David Parker said under current Overseas Investment Act rules, assets such as ports and airports, telecommunications infrastructure, electricity and other critical infrastructure are not assessed through a national interest lens.

“We are introducing a number of new powers, consistent with global best practice, to protect New Zealanders’ best interests in such important – often monopoly – assets,” David Parker said.

Responding to concerns about overseas investment in water bottling, the Government will also require consideration of the impact on water quality and sustainability of a water bottling enterprise, when assessing an investment in sensitive land. More>>


Matter Of Trust: Peters Says NZ First Loans Legal

"Allegations raised this morning by Stuff Limited / Fairfax concern a party matter but I am confident that New Zealand First has operated within electoral laws, now and for the last 27 years." More>>



Gordon Campbell: On Labour’s Age Problem, And The Port Hills

Labour has been steadily improving its gender balance to the point where there are now 21 women in its caucus out of 46 MPs in all... Yet Labour has been just as steadily losing the generational battle to the Greens. More>>


Child Deaths Revealed: NZDF Deal To Clear Afghan Firing Ranges

The Defence Force has agreed a deal to clear unexploded ordnance in Afghanistan after revelations seven children were killed by unexploded devices left there. More>>


Charles & Camilla: Visit Takes Royals From Waitangi To Christchurch

Domestic violence services, conservation and education are all on the list for the royal tour. The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will spend a week travelling the country from Waitangi to Christchurch. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Farming Sector’s Persecution Complex

The narrative that our farmers are ‘doing it tough’ plays into a number of wellworn stereotypes ... More>>


corrections, prisonCorrections: Independent Review Of Prisoner Mail Management

The independent review into the prisoner mail system has today been released, with Corrections accepting all 13 recommendations and making a number of changes to strengthen the management of prisoner mail. More>>


IPCA: Unlawful Detention Of Teenager; Influence Of Investigation

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that former Inspector Hurimoana Dennis unlawfully detained an Auckland teenager in 2015, and improperly influenced the outcome of a criminal investigation into his own son in 2014. More>>


SOP For Gun Bill: New Measures For Modified Pistols

The new controls will • Prohibit short-barrelled semi-automatic rifles which currently are defined as pistols because they are shorter than 762 millimetres. • Introduce tighter controls over pistol carbine conversion kits… • Prohibit firearms which contain a part known as a centrefire lower receiver… More>>




InfoPages News Channels