Stuart Nash

MP for Napier

Spokesperson for Police, Forestry, & Economic Development (including Regional Development).

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As a businessman and a politician, I firmly believe that only through being smarter than the competition will NZ achieve any sort of sustainable global competitive advantage. The simple reality is that we are a small economy a long way from major markets, therefore we need to be innovative in business in the same way we are on the sports field. This is a fantastic country, but until we get the fiscal settings right, we will struggle to maximise all opportunities around economic development.

As a family man, I know we need to provide a reason for our young, smart and globally-engaged people to make NZ home. As Sir Paul Callaghan said, we need to ensure NZ becomes ‘a place where talent wants to live’

The issues that matter to me:

  • Jobs, jobs and jobs: creating opportunity for the thousands of Kiwis who just want a fair go.
  • 270,000 NZ kids in child poverty is the Nation’s shame. Govt policy can make a difference.
  • Refocusing healthcare around prevention as well as cure (2 in 3 adults are either overweight or obese; massive burden on the health system that will only get worse).
  • Putting more money in the pockets of the vast majority of hard working Kiwis who are struggling to make ends meet.
  • Equitable tax system: it makes no sense that different forms of investment are subject to different tax rules: no capital gains tax simply doesn’t make sense.
  • Education is the key: it provides opportunities where they otherwise wouldn’t exist. Equality of opportunity is what we must strive for.

I am involved in politics because I believe that I have the skills, experience and passion to really make a difference in helping come up with solutions to the issues I have outlined. There are no easy remedies, but that doesn’t mean that we don’t work incredibly hard to come up with the answers; because they do exist – but only under the Labour philosophy.

Oh, I am also extremely passionate about my hometown of Napier. The best city in a wonderful country and a fantastic place to bring up my family.

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Parliamentary Office


Napier Electorate Office

Address: 155A Tennyson Street, Napier South, Napier 4110
Open: 9am – 4pm Mon – Fri
Ph: 06 8356093
Postal address: PO Box 827, Napier 4140


Latest from Stuart Nash

Time for Bennett to stop crime rising

January 31, 2017

 New Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Police Paula Bennett must properly resource Police to tackle rising crime with new figures showing crime rising by four per cent in 2016, says Labour’s Police spokesperson Stuart Nash.

Time to smash the gangs

January 26, 2017


 The Government has done enough talking about the ill-effect of gangs on our community, so now it’s time for real action required to smash gangs once and for all, says Labour’s police spokesman Stuart Nash.


Keep road police numbers up, says Labour

January 05, 2017

After an increase in this year's Christmas holiday road toll by nearly 40 per cent, now is not the time to cut road policing numbers says Labour's Police spokesperson Stuart Nash.

"Former Police Minister Judith Collins announced last year that the number of officers dedicated to road policing was being slashed by 111, and this number was confirmed by new Police Minister Paula Bennett in December.

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