In a huge victory for the anti-fluoride, anti-public health and anti-science lobby, Hamilton has become the the second-largest unfluoridated population in the country following a 7-1 vote by its city council.
Here in Wellington, if you live in Lower Hutt, Porirua, Upper Hutt or Wellington City, you’re most likely drinking fluroated water. Petone and Korokoro are the only areas within the region that receive unfluoridated water. Compared to areas in New Zealand, fluoridation hasn’t been a huge issue.
But for some it is. During a 2010 candidates meeting in Newtown, Southern Ward candidate Will Moore said that if he lost his election he was going to move from Wellington to somewhere where there was no fluoride, due to the “risk” to his kids. Has Will Moore moved away and is he running his 2013 campaign from afar?
Moore came a credible 3rd in 2010, only a few hundred votes behind Bryan Pepperall, so he has a real chance at winning the second Southern Ward seat in 2013 and bringing his anti-fluoride views to the council table.
It would be interesting to know the position of other candidates and current councillors on this issue. There is a small, but organised anti-fluoride lobby in New Zealand and with their victory in Hamilton will they try their luck in Wellington?