Barry Brill

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Barry Edward Brill, OBE, JP; born 22 October 1940 in Te Awamutu ,[1] is a New Zealand politician and a lawyer. Brill was a parliamentary under-secretary in the Third National Government from 1978 to 1981.

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 represented the electorate of Kapiti in Parliament from 1975 to 1981, when 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]


  • 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. 
  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?". New Zealand Herald. 
  5. ^ Laking, George (17 November 2011). "Epsom and climate change". New Zealand Herald.