FLUORIDE COURT HEARING CANCELLED
3 September 2014
Safe Water Alternative NZ Inc (SWANZ) has withdrawn from their judicial review against Hamilton City Council’s decision to reintroduce fluoride into the city.
This means that no High Court hearing will take place and that fluoride will remain in Hamilton’s water supply.
The date for the hearing was initially set for next week, Tuesday 9 September.
No costs will be sought from SWANZ as part of the settlement.
Timeline of key events
28-30 May & 4 June 2013: Hearings – Tribunal process
5 June 2013: Deliberations and decision to remove fluoride from Hamilton’s water supply
October 2013: Citizens initiated non-binding referendum to vote on whether or not Hamiltonians wanted fluoride put back into city’s water supply (results: 70% voted FOR adding fluoride, 32% AGAINST)
28 November 2013: Council decide to defer decision on fluoridation until South Taranaki judgement (see below)
7 March 2014: South Taranaki judgement released: www.courtsofnz.govt.nz/from/decisions/judgments
27 March 2014: Hamilton City Council made the decision to re-commence fluoridation of the City's water supply
28 April 2014: A statement of claim was lodged with the High Court by Safe Water Alternative NZ Inc (SWANZ) to test Hamilton City Councils’ decision to recommence the fluoridation of water supply.
26 June 2014: High Court refused Safe Water Alternative NZ
Inc’s application for interim relief of fluoride into Hamilton’s water supply.
9 September 2014: High Court hearing scheduled to take place
Summary of consultation process
Submissions to the Fluoridation Consultation
Council considered on-going requests from the community on the practice of adding fluoride to the Hamilton water supply and made a decision to review fluoridation of the Hamilton Water Supply Policy.
Submissions - high level summary
A high level summary of submission can be found in the following report.
Submissions analysis report
Citizens initiated referendum
The 2013 council election gave people the opportunity to vote on whether or not they want fluoride put back in the city’s public water supply.
|Voted FOR fluoride being added to the water||24635|
|Voted AGAINST fluoride being added to the water||11768|
In the non-binding fluoride referendum just under 70 per cent voted FOR adding fluoride to the water while approximately 32 per cent voted against it.
Decision deferred on fluoridation
Hamilton City Council decided 7 votes to 5 to defer a decision on whether or not to re-fluoridate the City’s water supply. This followed a decision to remove it following a Tribunal in June and a subsequent referendum in October that saw 70% of voters asking for fluoride to be put back.
The decision to defer is to enable the Council give consideration to the High Court decision in Taranaki.
Those who supported this motion:
Those who did not support this motion:
Cr Gallagher - declared an interest and did not take part in voting on this item.
Report to 28 November 2013 council meeting:
Decision made: Fluoride back for Hamilton
27 March 2014
Hamilton City Council voted 9-1 to re-commence fluoridation of the City's water supply.
- Mayor Julie Hardaker
- Deputy Mayor Gordon Chesterman
- Cr Andrew King
- Cr Leo Tooman
- Cr Karina Green
- Cr Angela O’Leary
- Cr Rob Pascoe
- Cr Ewan Wilson
- Cr Gary Mallett
Did not take part (following advice from city solicitor):
- Cr Dave Macpherson
- Cr Margaret Forsyth
Media Release: Fluoride back for Hamilton - Council backs the community response
Fluoride re-introduced to Hamilton's water supply
26 June 2014
Today, the High Court refused Safe Water Alternative NZ Inc's (SWANZ) application for interim relief of fluoride into Hamilton's water supply.
This means that the process to put fluoride back into the water supply will now begin.
It will take up to seven days to begin adding fluoride to the city's water supply and a further one to two weeks for fluoride to be distributed right throughout the water supply network.
SWANZ will continue with their application to challenge fluoridation at the substantial High Court hearing. The date of this High Court hearing is set for 9 September.
$50,000 has been set aside in the draft 2014/15 Annual Plan to meet the costs of the court hearings.
Fluoride re-introduced to city's water supply
3 July 2014
Fluoride was added to the city’s Water Treatment Plant at 3pm today.
It will take a further one to two weeks for fluoride to be distributed right throughout the water supply network.
The date of this High Court hearing is set for 9 September.
For more information on the fluoride process to date, visit www.hamilton.govt.nz/fluoride
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