Download the full report here: Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ Annual Report 2022

President's Report 2022: John Knight

"It has been another year marked by COVID-19 disruptions, with the Foundation’s Chief Executive Letitia Harding and her team having to be adaptive and innovative to deliver on our strategic goals. As a Board, we have been pleased at how ably the ARFNZ team has managed this period of uncertainty and change, while continuing to deliver vital education, advocacy and research.

One key innovation launched during this year was the digital asthma classroom, now available to all New Zealand schools in English and te reo Māori. The move to an e-learning platform was born of necessity, as COVID-19 restrictions made delivering our live educational shows very difficult. By creating a digital classroom, the Foundation has removed this barrier, and made this important resource more readily available to teachers and students.

Another significant development was the appointment of a new position for the Foundation, our first Māori Community Liaison. This role is part of our wider strategy to work alongside Māori partners to achieve positive respiratory health outcomes. Our first appointment is in Tairāwhiti, and work is already well underway to create meaningful connections that will lead to impactful change... Read more.