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What is Breathe Better September? 

 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.  

What is a respiratory condition?  

Respiratory disease includes asthma, bronchiectasis, bronchiolitis, pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), lung cancer and obstructive sleep apnoea. 

How many people does it affect?  

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. Breathe Better September will take place from 1-30 September 2019. 

The campaign is run by Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ.

Join the Better Breathing Challenge

Challenge yourself to do something during September which helps to improve not only your lung health, but better breathing for people with respiratory conditions! 


Check out our Better Breathing Resources

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


Enter the Better Breathing Art Competition

Are you a school aged artist or creative? We would love to see your artistic interpretation of this year's theme: "Te Ha Ora - The Breath of Life". Your art piece can be anything from a painting, drawing, or collage, to a photograph or sculpture.


Make a difference

The Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ works hard to improve respiratory health outcomes for over 700,000 Kiwis that have a respiratory condition. We develop and support respiratory health best practice through partnering, research, training and education.  We're a registered charity that receives no government funding, therefore relying on generous donations to continue our important work. 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.