About Sailor the Pufferfish

Hello! My name is Sailor and I’m a Puffer Fish. I was originally created many years ago by Asthma Waikato and my friend Chris Lam Sam, but I am now part of the whānau at Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ.

So why is a pufferfish teaching kids about asthma you ask? Well, sometimes asthma inhalers are called ‘puffers’, and my job is to educate Kiwi kids on how to use their puffers to help manage their asthma. 
Chris and I have performed our musical show to over 450 schools and early childhood centres since 2012, and have educated over 23,000 kids in that time!! I have had A LOT of practice puffing up and making my lungs big and strong, so that I can help you do the same.

In 2019, the Foundation decided to expand our little whānau, and my brother 'Heremana te Kōpūtōtara' was born! Together we can visit many more schools and kura kaupapa across New Zealand, and with our powers combined, we hope to make every child in New Zealand an asthma expert.

Our fun and interactive musical experience is made 100% free for schools and early childhood centres across Aotearoa. If you’re interested in finding out more, or would like to know where our next show will be, contact Joanna Turner, Research and Education Manager at the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ on 04 495 0093 or email joanna@asthmaandrespiratory.org.nz.