World Asthma Day is the annual education campaign ran by the Foundation for one of New Zealand’s most prevalent respiratory illnesses, asthma, and will take place this year on Tuesday, May 5th.

One in seven kids in New Zealand live with asthma, and we need your help to raise awareness and reduce this statistic. Asthma is prevalent within our communities, with almost 4 children in every classroom being affected. So educating young New Zealanders on how to deal with a classmate or friend’s asthma emergency is vital.

This year, we plan to engage with families directly to share and promote awareness, triggers, and management of childhood asthma – all from our living rooms!


On World Asthma Day this year we will be hosting multiple livestream events on our Facebook page, with something for everyone. 

The series of Facebook Live events will feature a children’s craft video featuring Kikorangi the Asthma Foundation Fairy, an educational asthma musical performed by Sailor the Puffer Fish and Chris Lam Sam, and a Q&A session with our respiratory expert Dr James Fingleton. To be reminded of these events, RSVP to the event page here.

11am: First up, we have a live performance from children entertainer and performer extraordinaire Chris Lam Sam! This entertaining musical show helps children understand what triggers asthma, proper inhaler technique, and how they can help in an emergency. And who knows, Sailor himself may even make an appearance!

1pm: Next up we’ve recruited Kikorangi the Asthma Foundation Fairy to help keep the younger ones entertained with some breathing themed arts and crafts that we can all follow along with at home in real time! Kikorangi has been providing us with lockdown entertainment on our Facebook page over the past few weeks, which you can view here.

4pm: Finally, we host a question and answer session with our expert respiratory physician Dr James Fingleton, to discuss your asthma related questions and concerns.


The theme for World Asthma Day this year focuses on knowing what to do in an asthma emergency, by remembering the mantra of “Six Breaths Saves Lives”.

An asthma emergency can happen at any time, so it’s important to know the steps of asthma first aid and act quickly in an emergency.

The basic asthma first aid is to:

- Take six puffs of a reliever - With six deep breaths per puff - Repeating every six minutes until help arrives or regular breathing resumes.

The use of a spacer can assist with this, and ARFNZ has sourced free spacers to use with your inhaler here. These can be requested for yourself, or for those in need.  

English Asthma First Aid Poster


Below are some downloadable activities that aim to teach kids about asthma and keeping their lungs strong. The activities involve games, arts, and crafts, colouring, and crosswords.

Asthma Wordfind - download hereAsthma Triggers Match - download here

Sailor Colouring Page - download hereSailor Maze - download here

Kikorangi Colouring Page - download here


To celebrate World Asthma Day we have partnered with De'Longhi which will help curb your caffeine cravings during this nationwide lockdown. All you need to do is donate the cost of your daily coffee to the Foundation, and with every coffee donated we will put you in the draw to win a brand new De'Longhi Magnifica S Smart worth $1,299!  Just click here to donate as little as $4, and be in the draw! Winners will be drawn on our Facebook page 5pm on World Asthma Day, May 5th 2020. 



Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ is a charity providing resources and education across our respiratory community. Despite receiving no government funding, we aim to make all New Zealanders asthma experts, and help improve the quality of life for those who live with the condition.

We have made all our World Asthma Day resources and activities free, but all donations are greatly appreciated. Please consider donating here, or call 0900 4 Asthma to give $20 and help Kiwi kids breathe easier. 

The World Asthma Day Raffle is conducted by Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ (ARFNZ) beginning April 21, 2020. Questions about this raffle can be directed to ARFNZ and De'Longhi employees, contractors and board members are ineligible to enter the raffle. Competition only available to those residing in New Zealand. Every coffee donated ($4) through the ARFNZ Donor website will be an entry into the raffle to win a Delonghi Magnifica S Smart fully automatic coffee machine. A winner will be drawn live at 5pm on Tuesday May 5th 2020 through the ARFNZ Facebook page. No entries will be taken after this date. Winners may decline their prize, but cannot swap their prize or request any other form of prize. Winners will be notified by the contact details provided on the donation page. Any winner that is not able to be contacted within 14 days of the drawing, will be voided and another winner drawn.  This raffle complies with the The New Zealand Gambling Act 2003.

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