Asthma and respiratory diseases are two of the leading causes of sickness and death in New Zealand

1 in 7

have a respiratory disease


most common cause of death


cost to country each year

1 in 8

children have asthma

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New Zealand Respiratory Conference

Join New Zealand’s community of respiratory healthcare professionals at the New Zealand Respiratory Conference, this November 16 and 17, 2023 in Wellington. Register now

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Don't Get Sucked in Poster Challenge

The Foundation is running an art competition for Year 7 – 13 students, inviting them to design a poster highlighting the risks of vaping to other rangatahi and the environment.  We have $800 of prizes up for grabs. Entries close on 30 June 2023. Learn more


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Support the development of respiratory health knowledge in New Zealand

Respiratory disease accounts for one in eleven of all hospital stays in New Zealand and is the third leading cause of death. The Foundation wants to see those statistics changed and for all New Zealanders to breathe easier. We provide education, research and advocacy for the 700,000 Kiwis living with a respiratory condition.

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