Julie Hardaker has received a species of rose named after her as a farewell gift from Hamilton City. The gift was promised after she finished serving two terms as Hamilton Mayor.
The Julie Marguerite Rose has been grown by New Zealand rose grower, Rob Somerfield, and features a unique creamy pink colouring.
Julie runs her own law practice, specialising in employment, relationship property and public law. She holds many governance roles, including being a board member of Governance New Zealand, and chairperson of Women on Boards.