June Hardacre

Partner - Employment

June is a respected employment specialist who advises private and public sector clients on all aspects of New Zealand employment law.

She acts for some of New Zealand’s best known organisations, such as Television New Zealand, The Warehouse Group, Metlifecare, Deloitte, Qantas, and Rabobank, as well as clients in the tech, start-up, and cryptocurrency space.  Her practice also includes advising on health and safety, remuneration and incentives, data protection, and employee privacy matters.  June has international expertise, having practised at Linklaters in London for several years.

June has a personal and friendly style.  She provides accessible and commercially sound advice to her clients and achieves outcomes for clients that do not compromise values.  She has applied this approach during negotiations with unions on collective bargaining and industrial disputes, and while advising on conduct, bullying, and harassment investigations for a range of major New Zealand organisations.  June represents her clients at mediations through to Employment Court hearings and has significant litigation experience.

Ranked as a Next Generation Partner for data protection in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, June is an expert in the interface between technology, privacy, and employment laws.  She assists clients with the challenges of managing data privacy concerns (including how to future-proof a workforce within the existing legal framework and how to respond to major data breach incidents) and has worked closely with the Office of the Privacy Commissioner on several investigations.

Described by clients as “great to work with” (The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2022), June works alongside her clients as a trusted adviser to find solutions for their needs.

A frequent media commentator on employment law, health and safety, general privacy and data protection, and governance matters, June enjoys presenting at external conferences and holds industry and sector training.

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Professional background

Recent work

Employment advisers to leading airline

Providing collective bargaining advice to the Qantas Group, as well as day-to-day advice across a range of employment and health and safety matters.

Lead New Zealand adviser to Television New Zealand

Acting as Television New Zealand’s trusted adviser on all employment and contractor related matters, as well as advising on workforce privacy matters.

Representing Oranga Tamariki in use of force cases

Providing Oranga Tamariki – Ministry for Children – with critical support to defend personal grievances involving the use of force in the Employment Relations Authority and Employment Court.

Regulatory matters in the financial services sector

Advising banks on the compliance of remuneration policies and on risk for the bank at the board level; advising financial services clients in respect of incentivisation and conduct standards in light of the current regulatory climate.

Trusted adviser to major retailer

Acting as a trusted adviser to The Warehouse Group, working closely with the leadership team on various strategically important projects and appearing as counsel in the Employment Relations Authority.

Success in Employment Relations Authority

Advising Deloitte on both the privacy and employment law issues relating to a dispute with a highly litigious individual which escalated to the Employment Relations Authority. Successfully defending all aspects of the claims and defending an appeal in the Employment Court.

Enforcing restraints of trade

Appearing as counsel for Crombie Lockwood in the Employment Relations Authority on several disputes to enforce post-employment restraints of trade.


  • 2011, New Zealand


  • LLB, BA, Victoria University of Wellington


  • Employment
  • Health and Safety
  • Industrial Relations
  • Privacy and Data Protection


  • Ranked as a Next Generation Partner - Data Protection, The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific
  • Partner in MinterEllisonRuddWatts’ internationally recognised Tier 1 Employment team, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific