The Northland Age - - Opinion - JAC­QUI EYLEY LEO LEITCH Ben­ney­dale

other health care pro­fes­sion­als about the med­i­cal choices you might have in the fu­ture. Dis­cussing end-of-life can make it eas­ier to un­der­stand and less fright­en­ing. We can ac­cept it as some­thing that hap­pens to us all.”

Ad­vance care plans can be com­pleted on­line at www.ad­vance­care­plan­ning.org.nz, or a plan tem­plate can be down­loaded to com­plete later. There are also a num­ber of free re­sources to help you think about and pre­pare your ad­vance care plan. /www.health.govt.nz/nz-health-sta­tis­tics/ health-sta­tis­tics-and-data-sets/oral-health­data-and-stats/age-5-and-year-8-oral-health­data-com­mu­nity-oral-health-ser­vice).

The lat­est avail­able data are from 2016. The min­istry pro­vides data for all 5-yearolds and 12-year-olds, separated as to flu­o­ri­dated wa­ter sup­plies and non­flu­o­ri­dated.

The 2016 data re­port ev­i­dence, as have the data from ear­lier years, that there is lit­tle or no ben­e­fit ac­cru­ing to our chil­dren from the flu­o­ri­da­tion of their wa­ter sup­ply.

Given this re­al­ity, why should tax­pay­ers and/or ratepay­ers fund this ex­pen­sive ex­er­cise, es­pe­cially in that it is also ab­so­lutely un­ac­cept­able to add med­i­ca­tions to pub­lic wa­ter sup­plies? “in­te­grated and holis­tic well-be­ing of the wa­ter” by putting “the health and well -be­ing of the wa­ter at the fore­front” of all their fresh­wa­ter man­age­ment de­ci­sions. In ad­di­tion, coun­cils are now re­quired “to make or change plans to achieve the ob­jec­tive, not­ing the con­nec­tion be­tween fresh wa­ter and the broader en­vi­ron­ment; and the role of com­mu­nity val­ues when set­ting fresh­wa­ter ob­jec­tives and lim­its”.

Coun­cils must give greater ur­gency to im­ple­ment­ing this stan­dard: in our cli­mate cri­sis era of un­prece­dented wa­ter

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