Breathe Better September is the Foundation's annual campaign to raise funds and awareness to support New Zealanders with respiratory disease. 

Every Kiwi knows someone with a breathing condition. 

In fact, 1 in 6 of us has a respiratory illness like asthma or COPD. 

It could be your child, your nana or your best mate.  It could be you.  

We all know someone, who at some time, struggles to breathe. 

Our mission at the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ is to help the 700,000 New Zealanders with a respiratory condition to breathe easier.   

Every year we run Breathe Better September to encourage Kiwis to improve their own lung health and to support our work for those who need it most. 

Step Up this September!

Step Up this September by setting yourself, your family or your team a challenge to improve your lung health.  It could be as simple as climbing the stairs at lunchtime or singing your favourite waiata every day.  Or you could aim to master a TikTok dance or set a workout goal.    

Choose a challenge that suits you.  Then to help even more Kiwis breathe easier, get your friends and family to sponsor your challenge.  100% of the money you raise goes to the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ for awareness, advocacy, research and support for people living with respiratory conditions. 

To find out more about how it works, visit

Our 2021 campaign raised over $15,000 and had more than 250 'Better Breathing Heroes' involved.  This year we're hoping to reach $20,000 and get 300 challengers working to improve their lung health. 

Plenty of prizes to be won! 

We are teaming up with our Friends of the Foundation and other generous New Zealand businesses to offer all challengers the chance to win some fabulous prizes. Please contact if you'd like to get involved as a sponsor.