Shade is one of the key steps to being SunSmart to decrease your risk of getting skin cancer.

Shade is a practical, easy-to-access form of sun protection.

Park bench in shade

Shade can be:

  • natural (shadow from trees, shrubs, or nearby buildings)
  • built (pergolas, shade sails, awnings)
  • portable (umbrellas).

For the best sun protection, use all the SunSmart steps - Slip, Slop, Slap, and Wrap.

Shade resources

Built sunshade in six New Zealand public spaces - 2016 research

Some research was undertaken in 2016 that looked at public shade canopies in six different locations.

Kamala Pavilion, Wellington Zoo
Kamala Pavilion, Wellington Zoo

The findings gave insights into:

  • the process of designing and building the canopies
  • how people use the shade
  • the level of protection from UV radiation the canopies give
  • possible future designs for public spaces in New Zealand that include effective shade.

Read the research

Read a PDF of the research [11.4MB]

Cancer Society of New Zealand

The Cancer Society of New Zealand released a resource in 2000 that provides recommendations and considerations for shade provision.  Although it is an older document many of its principles remain relevant today.

Download the resource - NZ Undercover Guidelines for Shade Planning and Design.

Cancer Council Victoria, Australia

Cancer Council Victoria's has a good 2015 Shade Guideline resource.  These guidelines can be used to increase availability of quality shade in your community.

They also have a free shade audit tool which enables users to assess the quality and need for shade at various sites within Australia.

Learn more about the Australian shade audit tool