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Tu Kotahi Māori Asthma Trust provides whānau with asthma and COPD education in the wider Hutt Valley area. 

While working with whānau with asthma, the nurses and staff at Tu Kotahi noticed the need for more asthma resources in Te Reo Māori.

To fill this need, Tu Kotahi have recently developed an ‘asthma toolkit’ filled with resources including posters, books and educational games all in Te Reo Māori.

The asthma toolkit was distributed across 29 kohanga reo in the Wellington Region, and every whānau received a whanau ora educational book to complement the asthma toolkit.

“We discovered there were between five to 15 children in each kohanga that have asthma. These are very startling figures.”

The Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ provided financial support of $3000 to publish the book Tamariki Manawa Ngawari (Children Breathing Easier) within the toolkit. 

J R McKenzie Trust provided overall funding for the project. 

Tu Kotahi is now seeking funding to provide the asthma toolkit in other areas of New Zealand that have high ambulatory sensitive hospitalisations (ASH) rates for Māori children.

To find out more about this resource contact:
Cheryl Davies
Tu Kotahi Maori Asthma Trust
7-9 Barnes Street
Seaview
Lower Hutt 5010
Phone: 04 9201481

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