The Government is taking control of water fluoridation from councils and giving it to health director general Ashley Bloomfield.
Associate Health Minister Dr Ayesha Verrall announced the policy on Wednesday, dusting off a long dormant bill from the National government that was to give fluoridation power to local district health boards (DHBs).
She will amend that bill so it will instead give the power to the director general of health, who is currently Bloomfield.
It is unthinkable that the DG of Health would not decide that water should be fluoridated, so this will mean all Council water supplies will be fluoridated. I’m fine with that. If people don’t want fluoride in their water, they can stick in a water tank and catch their own water.