Tomairangi Pihema-Brown

Presenting: Friday 6 November

Tomairangi Pihema-Brown (Rongowhakaata, Ngati Porou) is 17 years old and lives with brittle asthma and bronchiectasis.  She enjoys school, tiktok, waka ama and music. 

She is in Year 13 at TKKM o Hawaiki Hou and is keen to study in a health-related field. She volunteers at the local SPCA Op Shop and is learning how to drive for her restricted licence.  

With over 150 hospital admissions for her asthma, the most recent one requiring intubation at Waikato Intensive Care Unit in August 2019, Tomairangi is keen to share her story of what it’s been like as a teenager to live with chronic illness. 


It’s her first time presenting on this kaupapa and she’s excited and nervous to give it a go!

5-6 November 2020, Te Papa, Wellington

© Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ 2020

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