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Help us find our history!

In 1946, Ted Nightingale started Resene in his Eastbourne garage in Wellington. Today Resene is still family owned and operated.

Ted Nightingale, Resene's founder
Ted Nightingale

To celebrate Resene turning 75 this year we're asking you to help us find and share our history by sharing any photos, funny stories or memories you have of Resene from years gone by.

We'd love to hear from you!

Please complete the form below or email your photos, stories and memories to

The first Resene ColorShop exterior
The first Resene ColorShop exterior

The first Resene ColorShop interior
The first Resene ColorShop interior 


Your stories, memories...

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Your story or memory of Resene —

Ideally include approx. date/s if you can and as much detail as possible. You are welcome to share many stories and memories all on one form. Or if easier you can email to us. If you're including photos please let us know the names of any people in the photo, if known.


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If you wish, attach & upload your photos —

(you may send multiple images)

Please Browse to a file, then Upload

If you're having trouble uploading your photos you can email them to us at with the subject header "Help us find our history - Photo/s" and we can match it up with your submission.


Early Resene paint factory

Early Resene paint factory

Early Resene paint factories


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