Julia Hartley Moore

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Julia Hartley Moore
Moore in 2020
  • Private investigator
  • Media commentator
  • Motivational speaker
  • Author
Years active1996–present
Known forWork as Private investigator

Julia Hartley Moore is a New Zealand private investigator and author who is the founder of the Auckland-based private investigation firm, Julia Hartley Moore Limited (previously Arbeth & Co Limited). Her firm specialises in infidelity, scam, and child custody cases. She has published several books about her work as a private investigator, including multiple editions of Infidelity: Exploding the Myths.

Personal life[edit]

Julia Hartley Moore is a native of New Zealand. She is a great-granddaughter of the Yorkshire poet John Hartley. Julia is dyslexic (a fact that was not discovered until she was aged 40) and left school at age 14.[1] She had her first child at age 15 and married her first husband when she found out she was pregnant.[1] When she was 16, Hartley Moore gave birth to twins. She met her second husband when she worked as a secretary with the National Party in her 20s.[2]

Hartley Moore has married four times.[3] She is currently married to television producer Steve Butler, who she married in 2009.[1]


In the 1990s when her children were grown, she moved to London where she worked a job at Harrods department store.[4] In this role she helped uncover a staff theft ring.[4] In 1996, Hartley Moore returned to New Zealand and opened her private investigation firm,[4] Julia Hartley Moore Limited (formerly Arbeth & Co Limited). She was the first woman to own a private investigation company in New Zealand.[5] She initially worked fraud cases for an insurance company, but soon began specialising in infidelity cases. She has also worked other types of cases involving scenarios like extortion,[4] missing persons,[6] and employee monitoring (among others).[7] In 2000 she wrote her first book Julia Moore, PI, which was published by Penguin Books.[8] In 2004, she authored Infidelity: Exploding the Myths, which was published by HarperCollins[9] in which she documents her work investigating infidelity cases. Multiple editions of the latter book have since been released, including by Ulysses Press[10] in 2006 and Exisle Publishing[11] in 2011. This was followed up by Suddenly Single, which was published by HarperCollins[12] in 2007.

Hartley Moore is a regular commentator on television and radio, appearing on TVNZ’s 1 News,[13] TVNZ's current affairs programme Seven Sharp,[14] and has been a panelist on Radio New Zealand’s The Panel for over 20 years.[15] In the 1990s she appeared on the television show Private Investigators.[1] She was also a panelist for two series of TVNZ's chat show How's Life?.[16] She has also appeared on Australian television's Channel 7.[7]

In addition to television, Hartley Moore frequently appears in print and online news media publications such as Stuff Ltd[17][18][19] and The New Zealand Herald[1][2] to talk about aspects of her investigative work.


  1. ^ a b c d e Meng-Yee, Carolyne (22 August 2021). "Julia Hartley-Moore's unconventional path to being one of our top private investigators". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 24 September 2021.
  2. ^ a b "Twelve Questions: Julia Hartley Moore". NZ Herald. Retrieved 23 September 2021.
  3. ^ "The ex factor". Now To Love. Retrieved 23 September 2021.
  4. ^ a b c d "Private Eye a 'human lie detector'". Stuff. 20 May 2014. Retrieved 23 September 2021.
  5. ^ "What it's really like to be a Private Investigator". 7NEWS. 20 June 2019. Retrieved 24 September 2021.
  6. ^ "Missing millionaire: Private investigator lifts the lid on how Lotto might find $17.1m winner". NZ Herald. Retrieved 24 September 2021.
  7. ^ a b "Why more employers are hiring detectives to spy on their staff". 7NEWS. 20 February 2020. Retrieved 24 September 2021.
  8. ^ Hartley Moore, Julia (1 January 2000). "Julia Moore P. I. / Julia Moore". Julia Moore P. I. / Julia Moore. | Items | National Library of New Zealand | National Library of New Zealand. Retrieved 24 September 2021.
  9. ^ Hartley Moore, Julia (2004). Infidelity : exploding the myths. Auckland, N.Z.: HarperCollins. ISBN 1-86950-507-7. OCLC 156005954.
  10. ^ Moore, Julia Hartley (2006). Infidelity sleuth : a female private eye tells women how to uncover the truth. Berkeley, CA: Ulysses Press. ISBN 1-56975-525-6. OCLC 63528337.
  11. ^ Hartley Moore, Julia (2011). Infidelity : exploding the myths (New ed.). Auckland, N.Z.: Exisle Publishing. ISBN 978-1-921497-90-2. OCLC 698627164.
  12. ^ Hartley Moore, Julia (2007). Suddenly Single. New Zealand: HarperCollins. ISBN 9781869506117.
  13. ^ "'Lawyer is aiding and abetting Smith' – Private investigator". TVNZ. Retrieved 24 September 2021.
  14. ^ "403 Error". www.tvnz.co.nz. Retrieved 24 September 2021.
  15. ^ "The Panel". RNZ. Retrieved 24 September 2021.
  16. ^ Screen, NZ On. "Credits | How's Life? | Series | Television | NZ On Screen". www.nzonscreen.com. Retrieved 24 September 2021.
  17. ^ "Private eye explains how to spot a cheating partner". Stuff. 27 June 2017. Retrieved 24 September 2021.
  18. ^ "Boozing, drugs, bad romances sabotage Kiwis seeking national security clearances". Stuff. 31 January 2020. Retrieved 24 September 2021.
  19. ^ "Cheating Kiwis pay high price for affairs". Stuff. 9 April 2016. Retrieved 24 September 2021.

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