About Wren James & Co Ltd

James Wren & Co Ltd is a name well known in Dunedin. The company focuses largely on painting and decorating, we have been providing top quality service since 1896.

We do it all!

Our contracting division is one of the South Islands largest for painters, decorators and subcontractors. We cover commercial, industrial and residential work, from large industrial projects to small repairs in private homes.

We are your plastering specialists. We have a team of solid plasterers who also cover commercial and residential work. Our plasterers are licensed applicators of Plaster Systems Limited Insulclad, including the new cavity-based exterior plaster cladding system. We have experienced plasterers who can make just about any texture for those difficult repairs, from new buildings to texturing over existing old buildings.

With over 100 years of business it is not surprising that Wrens is a business with an interesting history. Not only did we survive through two world wars and the great depression but we have literally made our mark on thousands of Dunedin buildings. Over the past century Wrens, which now uses and sells upwards of 80,000 litres of paint a year, has worked on its fair share of unconventional projects, including movie sets and exclusive lodges.

James Wren & Co. Ltd have a large experienced team of staff, many who have been with us for years and contribute greatly to the stability of the company.

Call us now to arrange for a free measure, quote and advice.

We are members of Master Painters New Zealand and approved licensed applicators of Equus, Nuplex, Dulux Acratex and Zolatone.

What makes us different?

Our service includes:

  • Solid plastering with all forms of sand and cement finishes including hard wall plaster
  • Tiling
  • Plasterboard stopping
  • Replicate most stamped ceiling textures
  • Skim coat existing walls
  • Supply and install gib
  • Cornice moulding
  • Free quote

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Servicing: Balclutha, Mosgiel, Milton, Dunback, Dunedin, Lawrence, Palmerston, Owaka


  • Otago Southland Employers Association (OSEA)

  • Site Safe NZ

  • Otago Chamber of Commerce

  • Master Painters New Zealand

  • Collision Repair Association

Opening hours

  • 08:00 - 17:00
  • 08:00 - 17:00
  • 08:00 - 17:00
  • 08:00 - 17:00
  • 08:00 - 17:00

Services these areas

Balclutha , Mosgiel , Milton , Dunback , Dunedin , Lawrence , Palmerston , Owaka

Products and services

Markets Served
  • Industrial
  • Government
  • Commercial
  • Residential
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Paint
Price Information
  • Commercial Accounts
  • Maintenance Contracts
  • Government Contracts
  • Service Contracts
  • Weekly Contracts
  • Contract Rates

Mailing address

PO BOX 527 Dunedin 9054

Parking options

Free Off-Street

Free On-Street

Payment options

  • Cash
  • Direct Credit (internet banking, phone banking)
  • MasterCard
  • Personal Cheques
  • Financing Available
  • VISA
  • Direct Debit

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