Stuart Nash was appointed as Minister for Police, Revenue, Fisheries and Small Business in October 2017 following the general election in September 2017. He has been active in politics since 2005 and entered Parliament as a list MP in 2008 for the seat of Napier. In 2014 he returned as the electorate MP for Napier. Prior to entering politics Stuart worked in senior management level in both small and large organisations and in both the private and public sectors. He has worked in IT, sales and marketing, business strategy and resource planning. Stuart has a Bachelor of Arts (History) at Victoria University and a Post Graduate Diploma in Forestry and a Masters in Forestry Science from Canterbury University. He also has a Master’s Degree in Business Management from Auckland University. He cites his political motivations as driving economic growth and creating aspiration and opportunity through education. Priority issues include stimulating employment and job creation, reducing child poverty, removing barriers to educational achievement, creating an equal tax system and prevention-focused healthcare. Stuart is the great grandson of the former Prime Minister Sir Walter Nash, who also served as the wartime Finance Minister in New Zealand’s first Labour Government. Stuart was born and raised in Hawke’s Bay.