Brash, Donald Thomas

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Brash, Donald Thomas

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  • Dr Don Brash

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1940 -


Born in Wanganui New Zealand and educated at schools in Wanganui and Christchurch, Brash began his adult life on the left of the political spectrum, opting out of school military cadets as a conscientious objector at the age of 15, and voting for the Labour Party in a number of general elections. Gradually he came to recognise the benefits of the market economy. Brash has a PhD in Economics from the Australian National University, with his thesis on American investment in Australian industry being published in 1966 by both Harvard University Press and the ANU Press. He holds a Master of Arts degree with First Class Honours in Economics and a Bachelor of Arts with majors in Economics and History, both from the University of Canterbury. Brash helped establish Amnesty International's Freedom Foundation in New Zealand in the early nineties. He is also a former director of one of New Zealand's largest social service agencies - Presbyterian Support Services (Northern) - and became a trustee of the Plunket Foundation in 2009. Brash has held a wide variety of positions in both the public and private sectors. He was Reserve Bank Governor, 1988-2002, Leader of the National Party, 2003-2006 and, for seven months in 2011, Leader of the ACT Party in New Zealand. He is currently (2015) the chairman of the New Zealand subsidiary of the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, and in the last few years has been involved in a number of consulting projects, including advising the Government of The Bahamas on GST. Early in 2014, he published ‘Incredible Luck’, a book assessing his life and recording his opinions on a range of important issues, including drug policy, China's relationship with New Zealand, the Key Government, and the future of democracy.


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politician; economist

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Prepared by Margaret Avard, December 2015.




New Zealand Business Hall of Fame. (accessed on 15 December 2015)
Don Brash. (accessed on 15 December 2015)

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