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$30,000 for flouride referendum
Hastings, the first place in New
Zealand to add fluoride to the
water supply in 1954, will hold a
referendum to decide if it should
Hastings district councillors
last week voted unanimously in
favour of holding a binding refer-
endum on fluoridation at the next
triennial elections in 2013. Hast-
ings last voted on fluoridation in
1990, with 56 per cent in favour.
The decision follows months of
lobbying by a group opposed to
fluoridation, culminating in a
public meeting in April which saw
district health board staff debate
against Dr Paul Connett, chemis-
try professor at St Lawrence Uni-
versity New York and Fluoride
Action Network research director,
at council chambers.
Council had already reduced
the level of fluoride in the Hasting
water supply down from 0.9 parts
per million (ppm) to 0.7ppm after
agreeing to a submission made
during the annual plan process in
Papers for the new referendum
will be sent to voters in the Hast-
ings, Havelock North and Flax-
mere wards along with voting
papers in the 2013 local govern-
At $30,000, it was the lowest
cost option presented to council-
lors for holding a referendum. To
hold one any earlier could have
cost between $70,000 and $90,000,
or councillors had the other option
of not holding a referendum at all.
The decision could still come at
a higher price.
Council obtained a Ministry of
Health subsidy of $244,100 last
year to build a fluoridation plant
at Wilson Rd in Flaxmere.
If council decides to cease fluori-
dation based on the results of a
referendum where less than 50
per cent of all eligible voters vote
for a change, it will be liable to
repay a pro-rata amount of the
Havelock North councillor
Wayne Bradshaw said it was a
complex scientific and public
health issue that should be
decided at a national level.
If the experts, particularly the
Ministry of Health, want the
water fluoridated it should be
imposed by mandate, rather than
making scapegoats of local coun-
cillors, he said.
Flaxmere councillor Henare
O Keefe agreed. Based on the con-
flicting scientific evidence he had
been presented with, it seemed
not even dentists could agree
with their nurses over the issue.
It s been a long time since the
last referendum, so I am happy for
the people to have their say.
Going bald for a good cause
Going bald for brave
little ones: The Hastings
firefighters who have
volunteered to go ''Bald
in Heat'', a fundraiser for
the Child Cancer
Foundation in Hawke's
Bay, from left, Station
officers Glen Varcoe,
Bruce Botherway, Jason
Broome, Mike Manning,
and young Lockie
Varcoe, 4, who will firstly
have his hair cut and
coloured with blue
flames before the big
shave-off on August 17
to raise funds for kids
with cancer, such as
leukemia patient Toby
Condin, 2, front.
Survivor: Cancer survivor Brayden Noone, 8, from Napier, with volunteer
senior firefighter Anita Murrell. Brayden holds on to all the treatment
beads he has collected in the last 16 months.
Young fighter: ''Bald in Heat'' volunteers, Hastings
firefighter Glen Varcoe and his son Lockie, 4, give
some firefighting tips to young leukemia patient
It may not be the weather for it given the recent cold
snap, but firefighters from across Hawke s Bay have
volunteered to lose the warmth provided by their locks
to raise money for children battling cancer.
Thirty-seven firefighting personnel from Hastings
and Napier, including one woman, have signed up for
Bald In Heat , a hair-shaving fundraising drive for
the Child Cancer Foundation.
All money raised would help families trying to keep
everything together while traipsing backwards and
forwards from Auckland for their children s treatment,
said Linda Walsh, Child Cancer Foundation s Hawke s
Bay fundraising and business development manager.
Young cancer patients wearing beads that mark the
progress of their cancer treatment visited the Hast-
ings and Napier fire stations last week to kick off the
fundraiser, which will culminate in a big shave-off at
the Duke of Gloucester pub in Napier on Wednesday,
Hastings station officer Bruce Botherway said the
decision to sign up was a no brainer .
Losing my hair doesn t seem so hard when you
consider what these children and their families go
through. They are the brave ones, he said.
Other Hastings firefighters going bald included
Glen Varcoe and his four-year-old son, Lockie, who
will first have his hair cut and coloured with blue
flames, before he loses the lot.
I was considering doing it too, says dad Glen, but
I haven t got enough hair! I don t think blue flames
would look very good on me, he laughed.
Napier volunteer firefighter Anita Murrell, from
Havelock North, is the only female firefighter to put
her hand up to go bald.
While the main impetus was the good cause, there
had also been a little peer pressure, after a police-
woman friend gave up her locks last year in a similar
And she has the most to lose, with her male
counterparts already sporting very short hair cuts.
For a full list of the shavees visit the website at
fundraiseonline.co.nz. Each shavee has their own
fundraising page people can donate to.
For details on how you can be involved in either event
phone the Child Cancer Foundation Hawke's Bay on
06 870 3189.
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