Anne Webster has dedicated her life to helping others.

For the past 20 years, she has worked as an asthma and respiratory nurse with Tu Kotahi Māori Asthma Trust in Lower Hutt, focusing on educating children and their whānau about asthma.

Her colleagues describe her as one of the most caring nurses, who always goes the extra mile for whānau in her care.

But Ms Webster is humble in her response.

“It really is a team effort that fits me for getting out in the community to work with and for whānau.

Originally from Gisborne, Ms Webster has spent two decades trying to help tamariki stay well with their asthma. She retired last month.

While there are many struggles, there are also many rewards, she says.

“Two years ago, a very unhappy 11-year young boy told me he was not going to bother playing basketball anymore because he was embarrassed he had to come off the court every five minutes to have his reliever despite taking his preventer every day.

“I asked his GP for a stronger inhaler and he changed to it, stuck to his asthma action plan, and now rarely misses a game.”

Ms Webster is an advocate for tamariki – she just wants to see them do well.

“I really feel I have achieved something when tamariki are well, at school and thriving.

“It’s also really rewarding to then see these tamariki became adults and parents, then contact me to visit them to help them manage their children’s asthma,” she says.

“It’s most enjoyable seeing their beautiful children and knowing I’ve helped their whole family.”

Ms Webster was recognised for her commitment and dedication at the 2024 Respiratory Achievers’ Awards on Thursday, winning the Respiratory Educator Award.

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