The New Zealand Dental Association (NZDA) says the approach on the ‘Zero Carbon’ Bill is needed for water fluoridation.
The Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill was passed last week with the support of all major political parties.
“We’ve seen the Health (Fluoridation of Drinking Water) Amendment Bill languish before Parliament. Wouldn’t it be great to see cross-party support for a really important public health measure,” said NZDA fluoride spokesperson Dr Rob Beaglehole.
Dr Beaglehole says the Bill, which will see decision-making powers for community water fluoridation shift from Councils to DHBs, was introduced under the then-National Government in 2016.
“National introduced this Bill back then, so they must support this. Labour supported it in opposition – and they’re now in government. How about all politicians backing this, for the good of New Zealand’s oral health?” says Dr Beaglehole.
“We’ve seen that bipartisan, in fact, multi-partisan, cooperation is possible for the future of the of our planet, so why not for the future of New Zealand’s dental health,” says Dr Beaglehole.