World Asthma Day is the annual awareness campaign hosted by the Foundation to educate Kiwis about one of New Zealand’s most prevalent respiratory diseases. It takes place in May each year, and this year falls on Tuesday 4 May. 

One in seven Kiwi kids in New Zealand live with asthma, and we need your help to raise awareness and reduce this statistic. Asthma has a large prevalence within our schools and communities, especially among Māori and Pacific populations. 


The theme for World Asthma Day 2021 is Uncovering Asthma Misconceptions. This is a call to action to address common widely held myths about asthma that prevent people with asthma from enjoying the benefits of the major advances in asthma management. 

One big myth that can stop children from enjoying physical activity is that people with asthma should avoid playing sport. Sports and physical activity are great for maintaining healthy lungs, as long as asthma is well managed. It’s important that children living with asthma get the opportunity to participate and reach their full sporting potential. 

To keep their asthma well controlled and enjoy life to the full, children living with asthma need an Asthma Action Plan. Research shows that people who follow Asthma Action Plans have better control over their asthma and reduced emergency visits to general practice. With a plan in place, people can enjoy sports and physical activity while keeping their asthma symptoms under control. 

Stats show that only a third of children with asthma currently have an Action Plan. This year, ARFNZ is raising funds to get these plans into the hands of all New Zealand children with asthma.  

See our Asthma Action plans here 


If you’d like to donate to get Asthma Action Plans to children who need them, visit Each $5 you give gains an entry into the draw to win one of several great prizes. These include two Garmin Vivofit 4 - the perfect tool to keep track of physical activity and encourage respiratory health and fitness. There are also exciting prizes kindly donated by our Friends of the Foundation Sponsors and other Kiwi companies, including a signed Highlanders Jersey from Pulse Energy, an air purifier from Daikin, and a $250 voucher from Shoe Clinic

You can also take part in a World Asthma Day fundraising challenge or activity. Why not organise a sausage sizzle or a car wash day with your sports team? Or set yourself your own individual fitness challenge to raise funds this World Asthma Day - go for a bike ride, a run, or set yourself some netball, hockey shots, or rugby goals? 

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This World Asthma Day, join the Foundation’s new Medical Director Dr James Fingleton for a live Facebook Q&A. James will join us for a live session where he will be answering all of your asthma questions. 

He will be online from 1:30pm - 2pm on Tuesday 4 May, and we encourage you to submit any questions you may have for James. These can be sent through to our Facebook page, or alternatively you can email us at
We look forward to you joining us on World Asthma Day 2021!  


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