About Us

Asthma Waikato has a proud history and strong future
The organisation was formed in January 1973 by a group of parents with children who had asthma. They wanted to support each other and others in the community who were also affected by the condition. However, since those early days we have grown and our operational team and mobile nurses now manage a growing list of referrals. We visit people in their homes, schools, maraes; wherever is needed. We even have our own clinic that you can come to if your prefer.

The Team

Our Respiratory Nurses can be seen driving their specially marked cars around the Greater Waikato region from Pokeno to Taumarunui, Raglan & Kawhia to Thames and including Hauraki, Coromandel, South Waikato and Piako. Being mobile means we are better able to provide our services where they are needed. Back in the office the Operational Manager works hard to make sure everything is running smoothly and in addition, we have a number of members and supporters that kindly dedicate their time.

The Board

In recognition of the need to extend our services across the entire Waikato region, Asthma Waikato established a formal Board of Directors responsible for Best Practice Governance and to provide strategic direction. Our current Board members are (left to right):

Peter Granville – Treasurer
Tam Matangi - Board Member
Grant Horan – Vice President & Current Acting President
Julia Crosby - Board Member
Stanley Koshy – Board Member

Our Charity Status

Asthma & Respiratory Services (Waikato) Inc trades as Asthma Waikato, is a registered charity and is affiliated to the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation New Zealand based in Wellington and Asthma NZ based in Auckland.

Our Service - What do Asthma Waikato customers get?

We listen, we educate and we act – we make a difference

  • We educate - Education helps clients better understand what happens in their body when they get asthma, how their medication helps and highlights potential triggers
  • We make it simple – We provide advice and tips to simplify how people manage their asthma on a day to day basis – staying as well as they can possibly be
  • We help them stop smoking - Smoking cessation referrals are made to help people in this area
  • We are their voice – we link people with the right organisations to get their environment right e.g. liaising with landlords/Housing NZ when damp, mouldy houses are causing asthma symptoms
  • We give them our time - Many situations are complex e.g. multiple caregivers, complicated social issues and we spend as long as is necessary with every client to get the best outcome for them
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Currently in New Zealand 550,000 school days a year are missed by children with respiratory conditions.

Of the asthmatics we helped last year, nearly 90% were under 15 years old – those children and their families are now more able to live full, active lives not limited by asthma.

Did You Know...

Over half of those we helped last year were children referred to us by the hospital – and that number is increasing. Please help us by sponsoring or supporting in any way you can to make sure they never have to experience the upset of watching their children struggle to breathe again. And to make sure children never have to experience the trauma of not being able to breathe.

Kiwis of all ages are dying from asthma each year!

You can help save their lives by supporting us to educate and prevent this happening...
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