Breathe Better September is a national campaign to raise awareness of respiratory conditions in New Zealand. The campaign encourages all Kiwis to show their support for better breathing and healthy lungs and start thinking about how they can improve their respiratory health. 


For most Kiwis breathing is something we don’t think twice about. But for one-in-six living with a respiratory condition, being able to breathe properly is far from reality.

Over 700,000 Kiwis have a respiratory condition, it’s the third leading cause of death and costs the country $6 billion each year. In New Zealand over 521,000 people take medication for asthma, making it the most common respiratory condition in the country.

Erin Simpson (TV personality) and Issac Luke (rugby league player) will share their asthma experiences through social media videos. By having celebrity ambassadors speak about their experiences, we want to show that having asthma or a respiratory condition doesn’t have to hold you back. 

How can I show my support

Join the Healthy Lungs Challenge

Help those with a respiratory condition and show your support for better breathing. Challenge yourself to do something during September which helps to improve your lung health. Find out more!


Enter the Healthy Lungs Art Competition

What do healthy lungs look like to you?
Are you a school aged artist or creative? We would love to see your artistic interpretation of what it looks like to have healthy lungs! Your art piece can be anything from a painting, drawing, or collage, to a photograph or sculpture. Find out more!


Learn more about keeping your lungs healthy

Better breathing starts with healthy eating, regular exercise, warm and dry housing, healthcare and being smokefree. Find out more!


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Make a donation to the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ. No matter how big or small you choose to give, it will make a huge difference to the lives of the one in six Kiwis in need of better respiratory health.