Why Sunshade

Our Story

We’ve been making shade sails, structures, and screens for New Zealand conditions since the late 1990s, so at Sunshade, you are talking to the experts.

At the heart of it all we are driven, down-to-earth NZ business owners and operators who have made it our passion to create outdoor spaces for people to enjoy and feel safe within. We have got pretty good at it over the years, winning awards and honing our craft with each project.

In NZ we are lucky enough to live in a country that enjoys outdoor living at the heart of our lives. With the addition of our installations, our community benefits.

Our children can play and eat outside under the shelter of a UV rated shade sail or stay warm in winter thanks to the outdoor screens attached to the outside patio area at the kohanga. Restaurant hoppers enjoy shelter in al fresco dining areas, adding to the available space of the eatery or café. And at home, an architecturally designed shade sail or outdoor blind system adds both style, privacy and superior protection for everyone enjoying the deck at home.

We are interested in sustainability and continue to find ways to incorporate this into our practical working lives. Technology and developments in the outdoor fabrics industry and our supply chains continue to evolve and we enjoy adopting these as we all learn and grow.

We are lucky to work in a very supportive industry, which we stay connected to as members of the Outdoor Fabric Products Association of NZ (OFPANZ) and Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI). Ultimately, we believe in community values inside our industry as well as in our personal lives and helping each other out where we can.

Starting out as a mom and pop shade sail and canvas upholsterer from a small shop in Hastings, our operation has grown over time, moving location twice and now residing in Queen Street, Hastings. Here we are blessed with a large space to lay out the shade cloth and custom fabricate the screens. We have a team of designers and fabricators who really know their stuff, and a central hub where we can quality-control the whole process.

Initially starting with one installer in Hawke’s Bay, Sunshade has grown to a team of expert licensee installers located across the country. Locations include Waikato, Auckland, Hawke’s Bay/East Coast and Wellington/Lower North Island.

Each of us is an expert in our field, each with at least 15 years’ specialist experience in the trade. At Sunshade, we are the Shade + Screen Specialists.

Contact us today and benefit from our experience.

We are proudly 100% New Zealand owned and operated, a family-owned brand with a strong group of kiwi family-owned businesses at its back.