The Shedman can supply premium steel framed, custom-designed kit sheds from Gore to Kaitaia, Gisborne, Westport, or Oban … to most places in New Zealand really.

The Shedman uses Multibuild, unique 3D modelling and engineering software to give the customer the choice of thousands of standard designs within minutes, all engineered specifically for the given purpose and wind requirements throughout New Zealand. The Shedman sells wholesale kit sheds anywhere in New Zealand. The styles of steel-framed portal buildings are garages, heritage barns, open-front farm sheds, mono pitch sheds, commercial buildings, workshops, aircraft hangars, stock-wintering sheds, quaker-style barns, and carports.

  • Your choice of all the Coloursteel or galvanised coating for the exterior finish.
  • Your choice of roller doors or sectional doors with or without motorised door openers.

40 Charlton Lane
Gore, 9740
Southland, NZ

Ph: 03 445 0550
Mob: 027 268 9240


These products are dispatched from Christchurch or Auckland to ensure coverage of metropolitan and regional areas. Kit sets can generally be delivered within 50km of a main centre for $300 (conditions apply).

The Shedman has the knowledge to assist you in the design of your dream shed or workshop. I can cater for all strengths and areas of portal frame shed designs and our suppliers have the capacity for large-scale production. We will supply to you the customer three sets of drawings for you to submit for your council approval with producer statement from our approved structural engineer, one instruction manual.


I was born in the Catlins and after finishing school worked here in New Zealand for three years before heading to Australia. In 1976 I started working in the steel industry building large steel-framed building, bridges, lodges, motels, ski lift towers and general engineering.

In 1993 I had the opportunity to get into the cold rolled steel framed buildings because I could see that this was the way of the future and if I wanted remain competitive I needed to go down this direction. It was difficult in the beginning because builders and customers were used to the idea of heavy steel beams and timber as the only way to build. After I built my first display shed in 1993 people were able to see how simply they were to put up and could feel how strong they were that things changed in the construction industry.

Customers then started buying kit garages from me, put them up themselves with the aid of the plans and instruction manual. From this the word spread and people on lifestyle blocks brought farm sheds and barns and did the same.

In 1999 I got out of the heavy engineering business and concentrated solely on the cold rolled formed steel-framed building. I then designed some of these buildings to be lined out for houses, for a start as cribs or bachs (depending on were you come from) then as houses on lifestyle blocks. My last house before I moved back home was a Quaker barn, which was very comfortable to live in. It was very well insulated to cope with extremes in temperature (from –13 to +40 degrees)!

In 2003 I sold my business in Australia and moved back home to New Zealand and started the same business. At first I found the same resistance to the concept as when I first started, but people now see the advantages of the steel framing and the all important cost savings in the material costs and the on site labour cost because of the speed in which the buildings go up. I have been with the Fair Dinkum group since 1993 and I like the concept because there are no set increments, they can just about be any size or shape you like. I work increments of 1mm so if you have an existing space that you need to put a building in I will endeavour to design a building to fit that space.

Over the years I have been involved cold rolled steel framed buildings from 1.5m long by 4.0m wide To 20m wide by 60m long.

Our quoted prices include GST.

Erection and concrete slabs are not included in our quoted prices. Council consents are the responsibility of the kit shed purchaser.

10% deposit when kit shed is ordered and the balance deposited into our bank account before dispatch.

Ownership of the products remains property of The Shedman until paid for in full.

The purchaser has three days to report any damaged goods or goods not supplied as stated on the bill of material.

DIY Sheds

Sheds & Garage Kitsets for DIY Construction

Many of our customers choose to build their own Sheds / Garages.

We provide Shed Construction Instructions and there are instructional Videos to suit your shed type depending on what you want to build. 

A typical DIY Shed build for a 6m x 6m Shed, can be erected over 4-5 weekends for some Customers, but they will usually get external Contractors for their Concrete slabs depending on what Concrete Foundations are required.

The DIY projects are typically enjoyable for the Customers & the Fair Dinkum reps, so if you have any Questions that aren’t answered directly with the information on this page, please send us an Email & we’ll get someone knowledgable in touch with you & they’ll be happy to run through all the facets of your Project in advance.

Prepare slab or alternative footings
Construct Frames
Fix cladding
Stand & Brace walls
Drop in the Roof frames
Fix knee and apex braces, gable wall cladding and roof sheeting
Finish with flashings, cappings, downpipes and other finishing touches. Fix window frames & door frames


PO Box 321
40 Charlton Lane
Gore, 9740
Southland, NZ

Ph: 03 445 0550
Mob: 027 268 9240