About Friends of the Foundation

Friends of the Foundation is the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation’s business sponsorship programme that forms partnerships with like-minded businesses who want to do their bit to help improve the respiratory health of all New Zealanders. Improving the health and quality of life for New Zealanders is at the heart of everything we do, and we are proud to have the support of our Friends of the Foundation sponsors who share our goals and are helping us to improve the lives of the 700,000 New Zealanders who live with asthma and respiratory disease. 

The Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ (ARFNZ) is a registered charity, and New Zealand’s leading authority for respiratory disease. The Foundation’s activity includes developing clinical best practice, encouraging self-management, improving health literacy, delivering education, and raising the national profile of respiratory disease in New Zealand. Despite this, we receive no Government funding, and are solely reliant on community grants, sponsorship, and donations.

Gold Sponsors

eHaus shares the Foundation's vision that all homes should be healthy and
comfortable while at the same time taking care of the environment.

With fresh, filtered air with 98% of pollutants and allergens removed, warm and comfortable no matter
what’s happening outside, an eHaus home is energy efficient giving you savings of up to 75-90% less heating energy. Find out more

Dyson share the Foundation's vision of creating a healthier home for New Zealanders.

All Dyson purifiers combine sealed 360° activated carbon and HEPA filters. They remove gases and 99.95% of airborne particles, including allergens as small as 0.1 microns.1, 2 Find out more

1 Tested for filtration efficiency (EN1822) at 0.1 microns 2 Gaseous capture rates vary. 

Silver Sponsors

Warmer Kiwi homes (EECA - Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority)

We all want a warm, dry, healthy home but that’s especially important if you have a respiratory condition, as putting on another jersey doesn’t help because you are breathing in cold air. However, well-installed insulation and efficient heating can improve your comfort and the health and well-being of your family, reducing the number of doctor’s visits and hospitalisations.

Government Warmer Kiwi Homes grants are available for lower-income homeowners (not rentals) and cover:

- 80% of the total cost of ceiling and underfloor insulation. In some areas, the cost to you may be even lower, thanks to generous funding from community organisations.

- 80% of the cost of an approved heater. This could be a heat pump or an efficient wood/pellet burner for the main living area. Heater grants are capped at $3000 including GST

The demand for grants is high - apply now to avoid long waits when the winter cold snap arrives.

Find out if you are eligible here: Warmer Kiwi Homes tool - EECA tools


RCR Infrastructure
RCR are a 100% New Zealand Owned Service provider in Mechanical, Electrical, Solar, EV chargers, Data Guard, Air Defender, and thermal imaging.
RCR go a long way towards improving the health and quality of our indoor environments which is why we are proud to be partnering with the Asthma & Respiratory Foundation in helping to make a difference to the Kiwis who suffer from respiratory illness.    

Strong associations have been made between mould and various adverse effects on human health, including asthma, in which mould can act as a significant trigger. If your air conditioner is contaminated, you are at risk. RCR’s qualified technicians are able to eliminate the source of these issues and neutralize the risk to you, your family, and your staff.    

RCR’s systems, such as their Air Defender system, help to keep your home free of allergens, mould, germs and provide cleaner air all year round.
Pink® Batts®
Pink® Batts® are extremely pleased to become a sponsor of Friends of the Foundation.  Poor Living standards is a key contributor towards children developing asthma which is why we believe it is important to help improve the living standards in New Zealand.  We know that a well-insulated home contributes to a warm, dry and healthy home, something our locally made Pink®Batts® product has been doing for over 60 years.
New Zealand’s leading home ventilation company HRV is now a Friend of the Foundation. HRV home ventilation delivers for people with asthma on two fronts: firstly, it filters out many common contaminants from the air before it enters the home. Most importantly, though, it brings in drier air from the roof space so stale, damp air gets pushed out.  

A few facts about HRV:
- Manufacturing and installing home ventilation systems since 2003
- More than 500,000 New Zealanders now living in HRV- ventilated homes 
- Incorporates industry leading FilterLayr™nanofibre filtration technology to trap microscopic airborne particles such as spores, allergens, and bacteria.

Bronze Sponsors

Pulse Energy
Pulse Energy is a 100% community owned electricity retailer that provides electricity, gas, solar and broadband services to over 80,000 homes throughout New Zealand. Pulse Energy is committed to providing support to local communities throughout the country to provide warmer, drier homes. In 2020, Pulse Energy created the Pay It Forward Programme, a joint initiative between Pulse and their customers. The Programme embodies the kindness of New Zealanders, identifying those who are affected by energy hardship and providing them with support via a contribution from the Pay it Forward Programme fund.   Pulse Energy offer flexible electricity plans (including prepay) to suit the individual circumstances of Kiwi families. The Pulse team are proud to partner up with ARFNZ.
SmartVent’s home ventilation systems help to create healthy home environments which greatly improves indoor air quality and decreases respiratory disease triggers (such as mould and damp air) in New Zealanders homes. SmartVent is committed to improving the health of homes in Aotearoa and to ensure that as many New Zealanders are able to live in a warm, dry home which is why we are proud to be supporting the Asthma & Respiratory Foundation in the work they do.

Daikin Air Conditioning NZ
Daikin’s split system and air purifier technology provide premium comfort and support for those affected by allergies and asthma. Controlling indoor environment – heating, cooling, ventilation, purification, humidification and dehumidification – can play a huge role in allergy management. This is all achievable with the Daikin product range which features our Flash Streamer Technology and Titanium Air-Purifying filter to eliminate bacteria, airborne particles, allergens, pollen and unpleasant odours.

What the programme supports

The sponsorship programme is focused on supporting Foundation initiatives that address the following three key areas: 

Education - Providing free asthma education to children in schools. Leading clinical best practice for health professionals. Producing and disseminating free printed and digital health resources for patients with respiratory disease. Translating targeted resources to identifed at-risk communities.  

Advocacy – Raising the national profile of respiratory disease in New Zealand through our communication channels and nationwide campaigns. Advocating to the Government to implement a national respiratory health policy. Being an active voice in supporting smokefree and vapefree initiatives, and healthy homes legalisation.  

Research – Developing the NZ framework for treating respiratory disease in New Zealand. Commissioning research to measure and track the impact of respiratory disease in New Zealand. Providing a free online research portal on our website to collate ongoing research in the respiratory space. The need is great and is widespread across our communities. Find out how your organisation can get involved and become one of our valued partners – contact david@asthmaandrespiratory.org.nz

Click here to find out more about our other types of funding.