Barry Atkinson is the founder of Electrinet, which he built into a substantial company with 54 staff. As Chair of Gisborne Riding for Disabled, he led the establishment of an indoor arena. He chaired the Gisborne SPCA, helping it become locally governed and financially stable and initiating the building of a new animal centre. He led and sponsored the roof upgrade at the Trampoline and Gymnastic Centre. He has sponsored Relay for Life events and speedway and golf venues. He was one of several donors who helped build a diabetes unit at Tairawhiti Hospital. He is a Trustee of Hospice Tairawhiti and Past President of the Poverty Bay Hockey Association.
Mr Barry Atkinson, of Gisborne, MNZM, for services to philanthropy and the community