Consultant, Wellington

Alastair Hercus

Alastair Hercus


Alastair specialises in public and commercial law.  He advises clients on legislative design, decision making by statutory bodies, corporate governance and corporate structure, management of public expenditure through public sector contracting, industry regulation, and public law obligations of public sector bodies. 

Alastair has specialist expertise in the health sector where he advises the Ministry of Health, Te Whatu Ora and other public health sector agencies on a range of legislative, regulatory and commercial issues.

Alastair is one of New Zealand's leading experts on co-operative and mutual business structures, advising on both legislative issues affecting the sector and the structure of individual co-operatives.  He is an experienced adviser on primary sector issues, advising industry organisations and major exporters such as Zespri International on regulatory and commercial issues.

Alastair has significant corporate governance experience.  He is a Commissioner of EQC, Chair of Co-operative Life and a director of Fonterra Shareholders' Fund and Invercargill Airport.

Prior to joining Buddle Findlay, Alastair worked for nine years as a lawyer and diplomat with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, which included a four year posting in Santiago, Chile.

  • Commissioner of EQC
  • Member of the Risk and Advisory Committee of MBIE
  • Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors

Work highlights

Advising the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC) and interim Health New Zealand

on the reform of the public health sector and the establishment of Te Whatu Ora

Advising Te Whatu Ora

on establishment issues, and the implementation of the Pae Ora (Healthy Futures) Act 2022

Advising Te Whatu Ora

on major projects such as the reform of funding and contracting for primary and community care and the establishment of localities

Advising Zespri

on all aspects of its regulatory regime, corporate structure and major commercial and contract issues

Advising numerous co-operative companies

on corporate structure and commercial issues

Advising numerous Crown entities

on public law and corporate governance issues