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A week of good news in New Zealand

It’s been a week for good news in New Zealand. Well, most people see the news as good. The first good news was the Prime Minister’s announcement a few days ago that she is expecting a child. Great news for her and … Continue reading

Anti-fluoridationists misrepresent New Zealand dental data – an annual event

Caught again! – NZ anti-fluoride campaigners tell their annual porky about the MoH statistics for the dental health of school children. This exercise in confirmation bias by New Zealand anti-fluoridation campaigners has become an annual tradition involving confirmation bias and cherry-picking. Every year … Continue reading

Political maturity in New Zealand – at least compared to the US

A moment of clarity in the NZ election negotiations. Credit: NZ Herald. Maybe it is the social media silo effect but I think a lot of New Zealanders feel proud about the way our recent elections went. Once again we … Continue reading

Facts about fluorosis – not a worry in New Zealand

A recent issue of the Fluoride Exposed Newsletter gives us the facts about dental fluorosis – a subject very often misrepresented by opponents of community water fluoridation. Fluoride Exposed also explores what U.S. Surgeon Generals have done to promote prevention … Continue reading

Fluoridation: What’s happening with the New Zealand legislation?

The second reading of the fluoridation bill is now on the order paper for the current parliament. Public submissions have been heard, the Health Committee has reported back to the House and the Ministry of Health (MoH) has provided its … Continue reading

Anti-fluoride claims often not relevant to New Zealand

As we head towards the parliamentary consideration of new legislation on fluoridation in New Zealand the anti-fluoride groups are building a campaign to oppose the transfer of responsibilities from local councils to District Health Boards. So, their Facebook pages are promoting … Continue reading

White Helmets dupes New Zealand government?

Apparently, the White Helmets have duped the New Zealand Ministry’s of Foreign Affairs and Internal Affairs into coughing up about $100,000 – and tarnishing the country’s reputation in the process. Foreign Affairs Minister, Murray McCully, and Internal Affairs Minister, Peter Dunne, announced … Continue reading

Anti-fluoride campaigners cherry-pick irrelevant overseas research but can’t find relevant New Zealand research

Yes, I know. This is getting boring. A local anti-fluoride campaigner misrepresents research on fluoridation – yet again. Perhaps I should apologise for yet another article debunking this sort of misrepresentation. In my defense can I just say this is … Continue reading

Anti-fluoridationists misrepresent new dental data for New Zealand children

Another whopper from the anti-fluoridation movement in New Zealand. They claimed yesterday that “data released by the Ministry of Health today confirm that water fluoridation is having no noticeable effect in reducing tooth decay” (see DHB Data Show No Benefit From … Continue reading

A challenge to anti-fluoridationers to justify their misrepresentation of New Zealand research

One of the frustrations I have with the fluoridation issue is the refusal of anti-fluoride activists to engage on the science. They will pontificate, but they won’t engage in discussion. On the surface, one would think there is a difference … Continue reading