A Q+A with Colin Craig:
Do you support the ending of fluoridation in New Zealand?
If you do support ending fluoridation how would you go about a transparent process where all information from both sides of the debate could be heard fairly and equitably.
I am referencing the $47k (minimum) spent by the WDHB (taxpayers money) against the $12k provided by Fluoride Free Hamilton (This amount was collected from donations from individual donors).
Hi Kane and thanks for your questions. My view is as follows;
Water supply and the treatment of town water supplies is managed at a local level. I support councils having referendum on this issue (costs are minimised if information and forms are sent out with rates notices) to determine what the public wants. Information sent to voters should give fair and equal chance for both those for and against to have their say. In this electronic age I suggest council establishing a website to give the same equal opportunity to both sides to present their case.
People who do not have a computer can of course access the council information website at their local public library if they are interested. This approach helps level the playing field when it comes to who has the deeper pockets, as the primary information source is balanced.
Yes my personal view is that water should be delivered to households as chemical free as reasonably possible, while still being safe to drink – i.e. without fluoride.
I support more awareness of the concerns around fluoridation. When properly informed, I do think many communities will choose non-fluoridation.
I think if communities are properly informed, most will choose fluoridation – and have been recently.