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 to 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.

How can I show my support

Join the Better Breathing 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 Better Breathing 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!


Join us to kick off the month at our Bike for Better Breathing event

On 1 September 2018 we'll kick off our annual Breathe Better September campaign with our Bike for Better Breathing event! Come on down and help us ride our stationary bikes from 6am to 6pm, creating awareness around respiratory conditions and encouraging healthy lungs! We invite everyone to come and have a ride, be it for 3 minutes, or for half an hour - we'd love you to join us! 

When: 1 September 2018, from 6.30am - 6.30pm Where: Find us where Cuba Street meets Manners Street, Wellington CBD

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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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