New Zealand has one of the highest rates of childhood asthma in the developed world. It is the leading cause of sleep disturbance, missed school days and hospital admissions in children. Asthma affects Māori and Pacific children disproportionately to other children in New Zealand. The challenge is for primary healthcare to assist in addressing these disparities, to detect asthma early and to manage it effectively, while minimising unnecessary treatment caused by inaccurate diagnosis.
Child asthma guidelines have now been updated, see here: https://bpac.org.nz/2020/asthma-children.aspx