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

New Zealand also has one of the highest rates of asthma in the world with 1 in 8 adults and 1 in 7 children living with the condition. 700,000 New Zealanders live with some form of respiratory disease - most of us will know someone affected.

Breathe Better September is an engaging campaign that helps raise the national profile of respiratory health in New Zealand and encourage better breathing. 

Become a Better Breathing Hero

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Kiwis are encouraged to show their support for fellow New Zealanders with asthma and other respiratory conditions by setting an active ‘Better Breathing' challenge for the month of September.

Better Breathing challenges can be set as a an individual, family, or as a team, with schools and workplaces taking part in previous years. 

From climbing Mt Everest on your staircase at home, to 100 star jumps a day, or walking the length of New Zealand, our Better Breathing Heroes have certainly set some ambitious 'Better Breathing' challenges!

To sign-up or to donate visit

Be in to win!

We’ve teamed up with leading brands across New Zealand this Breathe Better September to offer our Better Breathing Heroes the chance to win some fabulous prizes. 

Prizes include Cloud Nine hairstraighteners, a Dyson fan heater, Ecostore products, F45 North Wellington gym memberships, homeware vouchers from Redcurrent and Tea Pea, and Swarovski jewellery! 

To enter, simply sign-up and raise $20 or more.
Visit to find out more.

Better Breathing Art Competition

Breathe Better September encourages us all to start thinking about our lungs and looking after them – and now is a great time to start this conversation with children about their lungs.

This year's theme - Te Hā Ora

We are looking for artistic interpretations of 'Te Hā Ora - the breath of life'! We want to know what it looks like to have healthy lungs and better breathing!

Children can choose any medium – drawing, collage, painting – the opportunities are endless! 

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Entries are open in three categories:
- 5 years and under category
- 6-8 years category
- 9-13 years category 

Each category winner will get to take home a brand new scooter thanks to Micro Scooters!

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Winners will also have their artwork published in the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ's quarterly magazine, Better Breathing.

Find out more and how to enter at

Donate to the campaign

You can easily donate to this Breathe Better September campaign using the secure portal below.