Hello Spring! Isn’t it fabulous to be exiting the winter months and into spring…

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Days are lengthening, the temperatures are rising, trees are in full bloom and weekends are humming with the happy sound of lawns being mowed. Some of us truly welcome the warmer days of the spring season. 

 But for many others with asthma or respiratory disease, spring is a tough time! 

At a time when most people are enjoying the longer days and warmer weather, people with asthma or respiratory disease are struggling to breathe due to the pollens that our spring season brings. The spring season is a trigger for asthma in susceptible individuals. 

What can we do about it? 

For those individuals who are affected by triggers that the spring season brings, we recommend you use your Self-Management Plan to help you adjust your medications as your asthma gets worse/better. 

At Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ we work tirelessly to improve the health outcomes of those affected by asthma or respiratory disease. 

Managing Your Childs Asthma

We have some news, that I am incredibly excited to share with you. Our brand-new resource “Managing your child’s asthma” is now up and running! 

This new resource has been developed by a team of experts, including our GM – Education and Research, Teresa Demetriou and the wonderful folk at Cognition – they have all worked incredibly hard to bring this resource to fruition. 


This resource will have a profoundly positive impact on the lives of children with asthma and their parents, in New Zealand. 

The “Managing your child’s asthma” resource teaches parents about asthma including how to help prevent an asthma attack. The content in the resource will help parents ensure their child stays fit, healthy, and happy. It can be easily accessed online, is interactive and simple and easy to use. 

It will also be made available as a printed booklet. 

This is where you come in. 

We are currently trying to print 15,000 booklets to roll out to families in need across New Zealand and to the 3800 GP Surgeries that have expressed an interest. We need your help to do so. 

Please partner with us by making a spring donation to the Foundation today, for our new printed “Managing your child’s asthma” resource. 

Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ is a national body, we provide many of our resources free of charge. 

You may be aware; the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ does not receive Government Funding and is very dependent on our family of supporters. 

Are you able to help us with printing the “Managing your child’s asthma” resource? I invite you to make a donation. Without you – we simply couldn’t do it. 

Breathing is something many of us don’t think twice about, your gift will make a difference for those who aren’t so fortunate. 

As always, the team and I feel enormous gratitude to you, for the much needed assistance you give so selflessly. Thank you. 

Warm regards 

Letitia O’Dwyer 

Chief Executive - Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ

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