|Stuart Nash with Phil Goff|
|Member of the New Zealand Parliament
8 November 2008 – 26 November 2011
|Relations||Walter Nash (great-grandfather)|
|Residence||Napier, New Zealand|
Nash holds Master's degrees from the University of Auckland and the University of Canterbury. Before moving to Napier, he was the Director of Strategic Development at Auckland University of Technology.
|Parliament of New Zealand|
In 2005 Nash was the Labour candidate for Epsom, placing third behind Rodney Hide and Richard Worth.
In 2007 Nash contested the Labour Party selection for the Napier seat in the 2008 general election, but lost to Russell Fairbrother, a list MP and a former electorate MP. However Nash was ranked at number 36 on the party list and was subsequently elected to parliament.
After becoming a list MP Nash was appointed Labour's spokesperson for Revenue, and associate spokesperson for Trade and Forestry by Labour leader Phil Goff. On 15 June 2010, Opposition Leader Phil Goff appointed Nash to be Portfolio Spokesperson for Forestry, a position formerly held by Mita Ririnui. In February 2011 Phil Goff announced his new caucus line up and Nash was ranked 25th, retaining all his portfolio responsibilities.
In the 2011 general election, Nash lost his place in Parliament after losing the seat of Napier to National candidate Chris Tremain. At position 27 on the Labour Party list, Nash was not ranked high enough to return to Parliament as a List MP.
After leaving Parliament, Nash signed on as the chief-of-staff for newly appointed party leader David Shearer. However, Nash resigned after just 2 months into the job and returned to his home town of Napier, citing the birth of his new child and focusing on winning back the Napier electorate.
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- "Former MPs - Stuart Nash". NZ Parliament.
- "Battle for Napier". Newstalk ZB. 3 December 2007.
- "Five newcomers to Labour's frontbench". 20 November 2008.
- Laing, Doug (28 November 2011). "Nash sees the positive side". Hawkes Bay Today.
- Watkins, Tracy (13 April 2012). "Shearer's right-hand man poised to go". The Dominion Post.