Download the full report here: Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ Annual Report 2023

President's Report 2023: John Knight

It has been a year marked by the effects of natural disasters, with the Foundation’s Chief Executive Letitia Harding and her team having to be adaptive and innovative to deliver vital education, advocacy andresearch to the respiratory community.

This year, one key focus from the Board was to support the Foundation’s first Āpiha Takawaenga (Māori Community Liaison) Sharon Pihema, based in Tairāwhiti. Sharon has delivered numerous vaping education harm workshops to school students and provided (and developed) information and resources for students to take home. The role began in May 2022 and the Board quickly recognised the importance of Sharon’s work, making it a full-time permanent position in July. I’d like to thank Sharon for her outstanding work in helping the Foundation tackle the youth vaping crisis. The Board is now focused on creating more Āpiha Takawaenga roles to have educators from Kaitaia to Invercargill... Read the full President's Report.