About Us

Running an organisation, company or department – big or small – isn’t easy. Add a unionised workforce to the mix and complexity rapidly increases. Sometimes you need help. Adelhelm & Associates is a specialist employment relations (ER) consultancy and training provider that assists companies and managers with working pragmatically with employees and unions.

Our extensive knowledge and practical training allows us to look for customised practical solutions that aren’t always immediately obvious. We’re confident in making the tough calls when we have to, which means we will tell you what you really need to know, even if it’s something you don’t really want to hear.

  • Adelhelm & Associates offers business-focussed employment relations consultancy services throughout New Zealand, Australia and further afield.
  • Our consultants are hands-on practitioners with local and international experience across a wide range of industries.
  • We use the most up-to-date techniques and tactics for resolving employment relations issues.
  • We have extensive experience working with both local businesses and global companies or multi-national organisations.
  • We understand the importance of the law and work closely with prominent employment law specialists, but we don’t let the law drive the agenda.
  • We understand the importance of timing and making informed key decisions early.
  • We regularly present 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, 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, CSR Limited, Douglas Pharmaceuticals Ltd, Eagle Airways 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, Mico New Zealand Ltd, Mighty River Power 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.”