A Kiwi legend for more than 150 years

It started out in the gold rush days, when those looking for riches needed tents, tarpaulins, horse-covers and twine, and Central Otago’s men were draped in oilskin fashioned into coats or trousers.

It was 1866, and Johnson & Couzins was born.

From marquee hire to making anoraks for Antarctic explorers, Johnson & Couzins has been providing protection from the elements for more than 150 years.  While Messrs Johnson and his family are no longer involved in the business, Johnson & Couzins is proudly 100% New Zealand owned – and still very much a family. 

Based in Christchurch, and with factories in Christchurch and Auckland, Johnson & Couzins truly is the name in shade. We boast the country’s largest range of shade products from outdoor umbrellas to shade sails, canopy awnings and fully automatic opening louvre roofs and pergolas. Our products are designed and manufactured in-house, with a constant focus on offering the very latest in design and technology. One of our recent innovations is the world’s very first fully retractable louvre – the Concertina SkyLouvre.

Johnson & Couzins shade designs can be found right across New Zealand in homes, commercial premises and numerous hospitality spaces. An expansion into Australia in 2014 means Johnson & Couzins shade solutions are now being sold to our friends across the ditch, and in fact our innovative products have reached far and wide as we are sought out for numerous projects around the world.

We are so proud of our heritage. We are proud to be one of New Zealand’s oldest companies, to remain 100% Kiwi owned and to be investing in our future – and our country’s future – by manufacturing our products right here too. We are Kiwi through and through, which means we are outdoor enthusiasts just like you.

So join the Johnson & Couzins family – enhance your living, and your lifestyle, with a Johnson & Couzins outdoor living solutions designed just for you.


Bill, James and Tim Adair
The Johnson & Couzins family

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The Name in Shade Since 1866!