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

New Zealand 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. 

The 2021 campaign raised over $15,000 and had more than 250 'Better Breathing Heroes' involved - thanks to everyone that took part!

Stepping Up for Breathe Better September!

For this year's campaign, Kiwis were encouraged to step up to show their support for fellow New Zealanders with asthma and other respiratory conditions by setting an active step challenge for the month of September.

People could complete the challenge as individuals, a family, or as a team, and schools and workplaces were encouraged to take part. 

To read more about Breathe Better September 2021, visit

Plenty of prizes to be won! 

We teamed up with our Friends of the Foundation to offer our Better Breathing Heroes the chance to win some fabulous prizes. Prizes included a Fitbit, a Rinnai heat pump and installation, and a Daikin air purifier.