Fluoride opponents want debate in Hawke’s Bay

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An opponent of fluoride may challenge the Hawke’s Bay District Health Board to a public debate on the pros and cons of continuing to add the chemical to the Hastings district water supply.

International speaker and fluoride opponent Paul Connett begins his “Fluoridation Trooth Tour” in New Zealand at the end of the month and planned a series of public presentations in Hastings.

He will be hosted by Fluoride Free Hawke’s Bay, which campaigned for a referendum asking Hastings people whether they wanted to continue fluoridation of their water. The referendum will be held in October, along with the council elections.

Fluoride Free Hawke’s Bay and the district health board, which advocates for fluoride to remain, would be allowed to submit 500 words each for the referendum paper to be sent out to voters.

Fluoride Free Hawke’s Bay spokeswoman Angela Hair said she hoped the DHB would want to meet with Dr Connett when he arrived to discuss the referendum and, if it wanted, to take part in a public debate or workshop on the fluoride issue.

“Sometimes Paul had debates with health authorities and other times it’s just presentation to the public,” Mrs Hair said.

“We’ve organised for him to talk at a few public meetings in Hastings, Flaxmere, Havelock North and we’re hoping Hastings district councillors and the DHB might come along as well.”

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