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. 

The 2020 campaign raised over $21,000 and had 69 'Better Breathing Heroes' involved - thanks to everyone that took part!

Better Breathing Heroes

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For the 2020 campaign, Kiwis were 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 were 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 certainly set some ambitious 'Better Breathing' challenges!

To see the 2020 campaign website visit

Plenty of prizes were won!

We teamed up with leading brands across New Zealand for 2020's 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, people simply signed-up and raised $20 or more.
Visit to find out who the 2020 winners were!

Better Breathing Art Competition

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

September 2020 theme - Te Hā Ora

In September 2020 we looked for artistic interpretations of 'Te Hā Ora - the breath of life'! We wanted to see what it looks like to have healthy lungs and better breathing!

Children could choose any medium – drawing, collage, painting – the opportunities were endless! 

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

Each category winner got 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.

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