About Us

Management industrial relations negotiators, consultants and trainers

Adelhelm & Associates only works with the management teams of companies in New Zealand, Australia and further afield to achieve pragmatic solutions from employee and union relations, in the best interests of the business and all its people.

The consultancy has achieved successful outcomes – and trained numerous management teams in how to do it for themselves – in every type of industrial dispute, negotiation and employment relations breakdown, including in situations where there has been goodwill from all parties and those that have been beset by conflict, anger and even violence. There is always a solution.

Adelhelm & Associates have seen every type of industrial relations, employee dispute and strike situation going. This experience, together with each consultant's extensive knowledge and practical training means the consultancy knows how to come up with a solution, often when no resolution is apparent, or there is deadlock.

Confident and expert to make tough calls, Adelhelm & Associates are committed to open and frank conversations, even if it means telling management teams the things they don't want to, but need to, hear. No matter what unfolds, Adelhelm & Associates have got your corner.


Hands-on practitioners with local and international experience across a wide range of industries who:

  • Employ the most up-to-date techniques and tactics for resolving employment relations issues
  • Have extensive experience working with both local businesses and global companies or multi-national organisations
  • Work closely with prominent employment law specialists, but do not allow the law to drive the agenda
  • Emphasise the importance of timing and making informed critical decisions early
  • Are regular presenters of ER management and supervisory training workshops throughout New Zealand and Australia


Current and Past Organisations who utilise our services

Air Nelson, Air New Zealand Ltd, Airways Corporation of New Zealand, Alliance Group Ltd, AIM Services, Amcor Flexibles Australasia, Antares Restaurant Group Ltd, Aotearoa Fisheries Ltd, AsureQuality Ltd, Auckland Council, Auckland District Health Board, Auckland International Airport, Auckland Transport, Aviation Security Service, BP Oil New Zealand Ltd, Bridgestone New Zealand Ltd, Bridon Cookes, Carter Holt Harvey, Carters, Christchurch International Airport Ltd, City Parks Services, Coca-Cola Amatil (NZ) Ltd, Commerce Commission, Contact Energy Ltd, Counties Power, CSR Limited, Douglas Pharmaceuticals Ltd, Eco Maintenance Ltd, Firth, Fletcher Building Limited, Fonterra Co-Operative Group Ltd, Foodstuffs North Island, Fulton Hogan Ltd, Geneva Healthcare, Golden Bay Cement, Goodman Fielder, Griffins Foods Limited, Hall's Group, Hamilton City Council, Healthscope New Zealand, Holcim Concrete, Hynds Ltd, IAG New Zealand Ltd, Imperial Tobacco NZ Ltd, Independent Petroleum Laboratories, Inland Revenue Department, James Hardie NZ, KiwiRail Ltd, Landcare Research (Manaaki Whenua), Lyttelton Port Company, Mars New Zealand, McDonald's Restaurants Ltd, Menzies Aviation Group, MercyAscot, Mercury NZ, Mico New Zealand Ltd, Ministry of Education, Mitre 10 (New Zealand) Limited, NALCO, Napier Port, New Zealand Fire Service, New Zealand Steel Ltd, New Zealand Sugar Company, NZ Post, Pacific Steel, Pan Pac Forest Products Ltd, PepsiCo, Pernod Ricard (NZ) Ltd, Placemakers, PMP Print Ltd, Port Nelson Ltd, Port Otago Ltd, Ports of Auckland, Progressive Enterprises Ltd, Rapak Asia Pacific Ltd, Recruitment & Consulting Services Association, Refining NZ, Sanford Ltd, Sealord Group Limited, Skycity, St George's Hospital, St John New Zealand, Steel & Tube National Holdings Ltd, T&G Global Ltd, Tatua Cooperative Dairy Company Ltd, Tegel Foods Ltd, Temperzone limited, The Comfort Group, Toll NZ Ltd, Tourism Holdings Limited, Transdev, Unilever New Zealand Trading Ltd, Uniservices, Vector Ltd, Virgin Australia Airlines (NZ) Ltd, Visy Board New Zealand, Waikato District Health Board, Warehouse Stationary

“I attended ‘Negotiating with Unions’ a few years ago and recently completed it a 2nd time as a refresher for an upcoming negotiations. Having been involved in a couple of negotiations I still found it invaluable for sharpening up on the techniques & finer points. The workshop gives an excellent overview of collective negotiating rituals, roles, tactics and current trends in NZ. The “practical exercise” is a very realistic experience of how things can go wrong. A most valuable learning and I thoroughly recommend it.”