Barry Brill

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Barry Edward Brill, OBE, JP (born 22 October 1940) is a New Zealand politician and a lawyer. Brill was a parliamentary under-secretary in the Third National Government from 1978 to 1981. He is a climate change sceptic and chairs the New Zealand Climate Science Coalition.

Early life[edit]

Brill was born in 1940 in Te Awamutu.[1]

Member of Parliament[edit]

Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate Party
1975–1978 38th Kapiti National
1978–1981 39th Kapiti National

Brill was a member of the National Party. He stood for the electorate of Kapiti in the 1972 election unsucessfully, but won the seat in the 1975 election. In the 1981 election he was defeated by Margaret Shields. He was Parliamentary Under-Secretary to the Minister of Energy, Science and Technology in the Third National Government from 1978 to 1981.

Later years[edit]

Brill was national president of the New Zealand Manufacturers Federation 1988-91, and of the Electricity Supply Association in 1993-4. He was president of the Employers & Manufacturer Association (Northern) in 1998-2001 and founding Vice-President of Business New Zealand in 2002-4.

In the 1996 New Year Honours, he was awarded an OBE for services to manufacturing.[2]

More recently, Brill has been active in challenging establishment climate scientists' views on global warming.[3][4] Since 2009, he has been Chairman of the New Zealand Climate Science Coalition.

Brill stood for ACT New Zealand in Northland in the 2011 general election.[5]


  1. ^ Who’s Who in New Zealand, 12th edition, edited by Max Lambert p79 (1981, Reed, Wellington)
  2. ^ New Year Honours List 1996. Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Retrieved 6 January 2012.
  3. ^ Brill, Barry (15 May 2010). "Crisis in New Zealand climatology". Quadrant Online. 
  4. ^ Brill, Barry (2 November 2011). "Do we need to be world leaders if it means bankruptcy?". The New Zealand Herald. 
  5. ^ Laking, George (17 November 2011). "Epsom and climate change". The New Zealand Herald. 
  • Gustafson, Barry (1986). The First 50 Years : A History of the New Zealand National Party. Auckland: Reed Methuen. ISBN 0-474-00177-6. 
  • Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First published in 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. OCLC 154283103. 
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Frank O'Flynn
Member of Parliament for Kapiti
Succeeded by
Margaret Shields