Orders to add fluoride to more than a dozen drinking water supplies have been ruled unlawful by the High Court, likely delaying plans for a significant expansion of fluoridation.
In July 2022, then Director-General of Health Sir Ashley Bloomfield directed 14 councils to fluoridate some or all of their drinking water supplies.
He did so under a new law that put fluoridation decisions in the hands of the Director-General of Health, rather than local authorities, where they had previously belonged.
A preliminary High Court decision released on Friday has ruled those orders contained a procedural error – namely, Bloomfield did not give specific consideration to the Bill of Rights Act in making them.
It means the fluoridation orders could be set aside or returned to the Ministry of Health for reconsideration before a substantive hearing on the broader issue next year.
The 14 councils were given a deadline to start fluoridating and would be subject to hefty fines should they fail to comply…READ MORE
Martin comments: Sounds like a win, yet in a show of just how “high and mighty” local councils are becoming, Whangerei District Council is ploughing ahead regardless. Its all about the $$$. Council pushes ahead with fluoridation, despite High Court ruling | RNZ News