About Our Company

About us

Redpaths was established in Christchurch in 1945 as an electrical supplies wholesaler. Over the last 75 years, we’ve grown and developed to be a leading suppliers of electrical products across the South Island. We pride ourselves on providing exceptional customer service, a complete range of readily accessible stock and a forward thinking, customer-centred business approach.

With a strong mix of electricians, technicians and specialists, any Redpaths branch boasts in excess of 50 years electrical expertise. 

Redpaths has an established track record and proven reputation. This is largely due to the evolution of an effective management and company structure. In Christchurch, recent major extensions and renovations have seen our head office evolve to administer the financial management of the chain of branches as well as become the central service facility for group purchasing and distribution.

And the future looks good. We anticipate continued commercial, industrial and domestic growth throughout the South Island. With the best stock and staff, service and customer relationships, Redpaths have got it right.

It’s a proven formula.


Here at Redpaths, we take all aspects of sustainability seriously that includes economic, environmental and social aspects. By acting ethically, transparently and responsibly in these respects, we can uphold our corporate social responsibilities to local and national communities, through incorporating these three elements into our business model which will help to create a beneficial working environment for both staff and customers.

We have implemented a variety of different business practises both internally and externally, with the introduction of Office 365 we have been able to significantly reduce our paper and printer usage, instead sharing information digitally and utilising video conferencing systems for meetings. This has heavily reduced some of our operating externalities and improved how we interact with the environment.

Our ongoing sustainability partnership with suppliers, has ensured that not only our operations but also others whom we interact with on a day to day basis have the same viewpoint of sustainability as we do. Redpaths and most of our suppliers have been plastic bag free for some time now, instead offering the option of reusable crates and bags which are available at all branches. Cardboard boxes from suppliers have been redesigned in a more environmentally suitable way and can now be reused multiple times to on ship product, package transfers or as another option for the electricians at the counter.

Overall, we believe that the commitment to becoming sustainable isn’t just one person’s responsibility and requires teamwork from all aspects of the community for it to become successful however that doesn’t stop us from making strides of our own.

Sustainability isn’t just about the environmental aspects of business that’s why Redpaths remains very active throughout the community donating and contributing to many different organisations.                                           


It is a passion throughout Redpaths to give back and support our communities. All our branches are dedicated to supporting our local community with sponsorship of local sports teams and activities.

Some of the areas we support:

ParaFed Canterbury

ParaFed Canterbury is one of the leading regional Para sports providers in New Zealand.

Operating since 1967, ParaFed is a not-for-profit organisation, focusing on people with physical or visual impairments. They offer a variety of programmes and services to their members including Para sports programmes, adaptive equipment, sports wheelchairs and children’s after-school programmes. In addition, we offer a number of non-sports based programmes such as hydrotherapy pool sessions and a taxi fare discounts programme.

Leukaemia and Blood Cancer NZ

In May each year, firefighters race up 1103 stairs of the iconic Sky Tower to raise money for Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand. Over $7.2 million has been raised over the last 15 years through this event alone. Our own Callen Saunders is one of the fire fighters making this all possible.

Dog Watch Sanctuary Trust

Dog watch is a totally self-funded registered Charitable Trust adoption centre. It is the last chance for dogs and puppies who have ended up in Christchurch City, Selwyn, Waimakariri and Ashburton pounds. Redpaths saw that Dogwatch was in serious need of a technology update. The team at Redpaths donated all new computers, Surface Tablets for mobile staff, wireless for throughout the 5 acre property and a full Office 365 and SharePoint integration.

Coastguard Wanaka Lakes

Coastguard Wanaka Lakes was born out of a group of keen boaties becoming involved with the local LandSAR group and identifying a need for search and rescue capability on Lakes Wanaka and Hawea in 2010.  They became a Coastguard unit in 2011 and local volunteers have spent thousands of hours training to achieve their Coastguard Certificates of Competence and become operational.

20 volunteers continue to train increasing their skills and are ready 24/7 to respond to calls for help.

Cancer Society

The Cancer Society is a non-government organisation totally reliant on community support and donations which ensures the continuation of free cancer services, programmes and resources to those people who require them.

Rotary Club Christchurch

Rotary is a voluntary non-profit organisation of business and professional leaders who meet regularly to perform charitable works. The main objective of Rotary is service in the community and to promote goodwill and peace around the world. Rotarians have also developed support programmes for youth, education and international exchanges for students.

Blind Low Vision NZ

Help people who have limited useful sight, making it challenging to do some day-to-day tasks even with the best corrective lenses.

Three quarters of the people helped by Blind Low Vision NZ have some vision (which we call low vision), and the remainder are blind.

Many people will have one or more of the four most common eye diseases causing blindness and partial sight in New Zealand: Age-related macular degeneration (AMD), diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and cataracts.

Blind Low Vision NZ Guide Dogs

Blind Foundation guide dogs give people who are blind or have low vision freedom and independence. They help people to get around safely and confidently. They also make wonderful companions.

Brain Injured Children Trust

The BICT Trust was established with the dream of being able to help financially the many families throughout NZ that were now doing the intensive neuro developmental therapy program, and to be able to provide their children and families with the support they needed. Also, to continue educating other families and professionals as to what the Neuro Developmental Therapy could possibly offer to their family member and help to make it possible.

Heat Kids New Zealand

Heart Kids is here to help families at every step of their heart journey – from when a heart condition is first diagnosed, through childhood, the teenage years and into adulthood.

Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ

The Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ is New Zealand’s not-for-profit sector authority on all respiratory conditions including asthma, bronchiectasis, childhood bronchiolitis, childhood pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), lung cancer and obstructive sleep apnoea. The foundation develops and supports respiratory health best practice through partnering, research, training and education.