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 150 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.
- Prosecuted the Riverhead Quarry case involving the abduction of a woman who woke up to find herself almost naked in a Riverhead quarry. The investigation uncovered DNA that linked to a 1992 unsolved rape which was able to be tried at the same time. (R v Mitchell)
- Prosecuted a case of murder where the defendant killed a pensioner while trying to obtain drugs. The entire incident was captured on CCTV footage showing a brutal assault. The defendant raised the defence of insanity. (R v Yad-Elohim)
- Acted as lead counsel for the Crown in a case of a massage therapist who indecently assaulted (and in one case violated) 14 women during massage sessions. (R v Singh)
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