Television personality Erin Simpson has been celebrity ambassador for the Foundation since 2014. Erin has played a great part in raising awareness of asthma and respiratory conditions, and has been an absolutely amazing MC at many of our events.
A dairy farmer’s daughter from Te Kauwhata, Erin Simpson has recorded well over 1000 episodes of magazine-style infotainment TV shows, including Sticky TV, What Now, The Erin Simpson Show
Not one for wasting an opportunity, Erin also commits lots of energy into her passion for art: she has a homeware range currently stocked in 88 retailers around New Zealand. Every weekend you can also find her yarning away on The Home & Garden Show
Issac Luke is a professional rugby league player who joined the team of celebrity ambassadors for the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ in September 2016. Respiratory illness is close to Issac’s heart, with his father and two of his four children living with asthma.
“My father has suffered from asthma for most of his life, and for me growing up and hearing the nasty coughing and the struggle to breathe is something that will always haunt me,” says Issac.
Issac Luke is a professional rugby league player, originally from Taranaki. In 2007 he moved to Australia to play for the South Sydney Rabbitohs, ultimately winning the 2014 NRL Grand Final Premiership.
Issac was a member of the Kiwis New Zealand National Rugby League team that beat Australia in the 2008 Final to win the World Cup. Issac moved back home to New Zealand this year where he now plays for the Vodafone Warriors, and has just been re-selected for the Kiwis to tour the UK in November.
Issac debuted as ambassador on the Kiwi Living show on Tuesday 8 November at 7.30pm on TVOne, in a segment demonstrating an asthma test and correct inhaler technique. The segment featured Alistair Harsant from “Ironman for Asthma”, his son Jai, show presenter Monty Betham and practice nurse Margaret Matchett.
Mayim Hartley (10) is from Palmerston North and has chronic asthma. Doctors have said his lungs are like those of an 80-year-old smoker but this doesn’t stop Mayim from living a healthy and active life, participating in martial arts, parkour, and cross-country activities.
Hisa Sasagi is a professional rugby player for the Otago Rugby Football Union. Hisa became an ambassador to inspire people and deliver the message that asthma doesn’t have to hold you back from doing what you love.
Brooke Neal is a Black Sticks hockey player and represented New Zealand at the 2016 Rio Olympics. She is passionate about having an impact on young people and knows that many children suffer from asthma. See Brooke's website: http://brookeneal.co.nz/
Alistair or "Ironman for Asthma" is a chronic asthmatic, but he’s also an Ironman. He’s had a few health challenges but he’s learned ways to manage his condition so he can compete at a high level in a triathlons. Alistair is a long-time supporter of the Foundation, check out his Ironman for Asthma Facebook page or appearance on the Kiwi Living show.
Sarah Chamberlain has two beautiful twin daughters Mila and Sakura Montgomery. They were born at 26 weeks gestation, and contracted respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) at four months old. They went on to have a number of hospital admissions for bronchiolitis, and were then diagnosed with chronic lung disease and asthma. Sarah, Mila and Sakura are ambassadors to help raise awareness.
Derek Gordon aka Bringwonder the Storyteller is a long-term asthmatic since he was a young boy. This inspired him to start a career as a professional storyteller visiting schools and festivals around New Zealand. Read Derek’s story.
Originally from the UK, Carol was diagnosed with asthma as a young adult. Increasing difficulties with shortness of breath led to diagnosis in 2006 with COPD. Today is she in stage IV COPD with only 30% lung function. Carol co-authored the book “Don’t Forget To Breathe” a free book for COPD patients and their carers.
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