• BA/LLB (Hons) – University of Auckland (2011)
  • LLM – Harvard Law School (2016)


Kingi Snelgar has whakapapa to Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Whakaue, Te Whakatōhea and Ngāi Tahu.

Kingi is an experienced litigator. He has appeared before the District Court, High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. He is available for roles as both senior and junior counsel.

Kingi began his career at Meredith Connell specialising in criminal prosecution before completing a Masters of Law at Harvard Law School as a Fulbright Scholar. Following this, he joined the bar practising in Manukau as a Youth Advocate and defence lawyer.

Kingi was appointed as an inaugural Commissioner on Te Kāhui Tātari Ture, Criminal Cases Review Commission. He is also counsel to assist the Royal Commission into Abuse in State Care.

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