Slip into shade│Whakaritea he wāhi marumaru

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.

Shade can be:

  • natural (shadow from trees or nearby buildings)
  • built (verandahs, pergolas, shade sails, awnings)
  • portable (marquees, tents, gazebos).

Keep in mind that some shade structures will block more UV than others.

You can still get sunburnt in the shade, because of reflected UV radiation. 


When the Ultraviolet Index (UVI) is 3 and above, for the best protection use all five SunSmart behaviours – Slip into clothing, Slip into shade, Slop on sunscreen, Slap on a hat, Wrap on sunglasses.


For more information: 

Shade guidelines

Shade funding application

Shade information for councils 

Shade trees for schools - North Island

Shade trees for schools - South Island

Use the Sun Protection System 3

More SunSmart behaviours

Slop on sunscreen
Use the Sun Protection System 4

Slap on a hat