Kristy McDonald ONZM QC

Kristy McDonald ONZM QC is an experienced Barrister and Queen’s Counsel in Wellington with a wealth of legal, governance and regulatory experience and a strong interest in primary industries.

Having represented both private clients and the Crown for over 40 years, she has extensive experience ranging across many areas of legal practice but has a particular focus on administrative and public law.

Kristy has a sound understanding of the workings of Government and of regulatory and judicial processes.

Kristy has undertaken a range of organisational and government Inquiries and Reviews and has taken a lead role in a number of public Inquires including the Pike River Inquiry, the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Police Conduct and the Government Inquiry into the NZ Defence Force operation in Afghanistan.

Kristy is a former Director of the Accident Compensation Corporation, Director of the Racing Industry Transition Agency, and subsequently the TAB. She is the Deputy Chair of the Wairarapa Building Society and until recently was Chair of the Ministry of Social Development Audit and Risk Committee. Kristy has recently been appointed by the Government to the newly established Racing Integrity Board.

Kristy has previously held governance positions for a number of regulatory bodies including Chair of the Real Estate Agents Authority and the Judicial Control Authority for Racing.

Kristy was awarded the ONZM in 2019 for services to law and governance.