Better breathing, better living

Education. Research. Advocacy.


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

1 in 6

have a respiratory disease


most common cause of death


cost to country each year

1 in 7

children have asthma

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World Asthma Day

World Asthma Day is the annual education campaign for asthma and will take place this year on Tuesday May 5th. This year, we plan to engage with families to share and promote awareness, triggers, and management of childhood asthma – all from our living rooms! Find out more.


New Zealand Respiratory Conference 2020

The New Zealand Respiratory Conference (NZRC) will be held on 5-6 November 2020, at Te Papa, Wellington. The conference is the largest gathering or hui for professionals with an interest in respiratory health in New Zealand. Delegates from a variety of professions join us each year, including GP’s, nurses, pharmacists, specialists, educators and researchers. Find out more.

Respiratory disease affects more people than you think. Read their stories...

Help New Zealanders Breathe Freely

Respiratory disease accounts for one in ten of all hospital stays in New Zealand. We train hundreds of nurses every year to provide people with the education needed to prevent hospital stays. Help us train more nurses to help over 700,000 Kiwis living with a respiratory condition. 

Call 0900 4 ASTHMA (0900 4 278462) to give an automatic $20 donation, or click the donate button below to give whatever you can to help keep New Zealanders breathing freely.


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