One in seven New Zealand kids have breathing difficulties. Most of them are able to manage it with medication, but a growing number of children are ending up in hospital. In the third part of a series on kid's health, Isaac Davison looks at how housing is mostly to blame.

Matire Harwood, a GP at Papakura Marae, is scanning through her appointment schedule for a Friday.

She works two days a week at a prefabricated clinic in the marae's carpark. In previous jobs her days were taken up by kids with minor coughs and elderly patients getting their blood pressure


More hospitalisations every year


Turning around a big ship

Maori asthma patients treated differently

How to get your house warm and dry - and get help paying for it

Kids Health - the series