Following admission to the Bar in 1997, Kirsten has worked in criminal and civil litigation in both New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
Since joining Meredith Connell in 2005, Kirsten has prosecuted more than 120 jury trials involving the full spectrum of offending. A significant number of these have involved allegations of serious sexual offending.
In 2011 and 2012 Kirsten appeared, as second counsel to the then-Crown Solicitor for Auckland, for the New Zealand Police in the Royal Commission into the Pike River Mining Disaster.
Acted in a serious sexual offending case involving three complainants, with some offences dating back to the 1980s. (R v Takamore)
Acted in a case of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm following the home invasion and stabbing of a 95-year-old man in the face. The accused initially faced a charge of attempted murder before pleading guilty. A fitness hearing was required because the accused suffered from an intellectual disability stemming from foetal alcohol syndrome. (R v Komene)
Acted in an agreed insanity hearing. The accused was originally charged with attempted murder after stabbing his sister. (R v Harvey)
LLB/BA, University of Canterbury
- Kirsten was the Crown representative on the Criminal Bar association from 2008 to 2011 and is a member of the Faculty for the NZ Law Society Litigation Skills programme