Stefan Sunde President
After finishing school Stefan completed a BA/BCom at the University of Auckland, majoring in Economics, Commercial Law, and Politics. He is currently a Senior Analyst at a leading New Zealand Transfer Pricing firm.
Stefan joined the Young Nats in 2011, caught in the campaign which saw Paula Bennett win Waitakere by 9 votes. He was elected to the Northern Young Nats’ Executive in 2013, and has served as the Membership Officer (2013-14), Treasurer (2014-15), and Northern Regional Chair (2015-16).
Stefan has a strong interest in economic freedom, and promoting the principle that people should reap the rewards of their hard work. He also enjoys going for a run, and catching up with mates in his spare time.
Jay Hadfield Vice-President
Jay has been involved with the party since 2013 including every level of the Lower North Island region as a member, General Exec, Treasurer, Deputy Chair, and now as the Regional Chair. He’s currently completing the final year of his Performing Arts Management Degree with the New Zealand Drama School with a view to pursue a career in the event management sector.
Jay is based in Wellington and when he’s not getting stuck in with the party or studying he can be found cooking up a storm experimenting with recipes or exploring Wellington with friends.
Eli McKeown Secretary
After finishing high school in 2013, Eli went off to university and loved it so much he rushed through his BA in two and a half years. He is now studying part time at the University of Auckland for his BA(Hons) in Philosophy and part time at the Auckland University of Technology for his LLB.
Although he has been a party member since 2011, it was not until the 2014 election where he got actively involved. Following that, he sat on the Northern Region Executive as well as the North Shore Electorate Executive, where he is currently Secretary.
In his spare time, Eli likes to swim, play water polo or catch up on a good book. A keen coffee lover, he can often be found in various cafes on the North Shore, especially those which have cats.
Ethan Hill Treasurer
Born and bred on the West Coast of the South Island, Ethan is currently in his final year studying towards a Commerce degree at the University of Canterbury, majoring in Accounting and Taxation.
Since joining the Young Nats in 2011 Ethan has been involved in a range of roles with both the Young Nats and the wider party, including Secretary, Membership Officer and now Treasurer.
William Lewis Policy Chair
William grew up in the Coromandel town of Tairua and completed his education at Thames High School before moving to Hamilton to study law and economics at the University of Waikato.
William works part time as a law clerk and is active on campus as Vice-President of both the Waikato Law Students’ Association and Waikato Students’ Union. William has previously worked in policy areas with the Hamilton City Council and Ministry of Youth Development.
Stephanie-Anne Ross Membership Officer
Steph was raised in Otago, in the small, rural town of Balclutha. She is now in her second year studying towards a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts at Otago University.
Steph believes in the National Party values of individual responsibility, less government, free enterprise and hard work being rewarded. This inspired her to join the Young Nats in her first year of University, and she has been involved ever since. Steph was firstly on the Southern Exec as Policy Chair before going the NZYN exec, and continues to hold that role.
In her spare time, Steph loves to indulge in a cheeky wine with friends over good food, or spend time out on the water with her family.
Dylan Parshotam Digital Director & Northern Co-Chair
Dylan is passionate about social media and youth engagement in politics. His expertise in information technology and graphical design allowed him to become the Young Nats first Digital Director. From running our social media to creating many of the Young Nats material you’ve seen, Dylan’s work can be seen across the party. In addition to being Digital Director, Dylan is Co-Chair of the Northern Region alongside George Sikharulidze, the first time a region has been jointly chaired in Young Nats history. Prior to this, Dylan was Deputy Chair of Northern, as well as Secretary. In his spare time, Dylan enjoys playing Guitar, spending time with his Dog, and exploring the many bars and restaurants Auckland has to offer.
George Sikharuldize Northern Co-Chair
Born and raised in Auckland, George is close to completing a BSc in Statistics at the University of Auckland. He works part time in retail, which he has done for over 6 years since he was 15. He is on of very few people of Georgian ethnicity living in New Zealand. George joined the Young Nats in 2013, and has never regretted a moment of it. He became heavily involved in the 2014 Election, as well as his local Te Atatu electorate. Prior to becoming Co-Chair, George held the role of Deputy Chair, Secretary, as well as Policy Chair, where he successfully carried a remit through at our Annual conference. Working alongside Dylan Parshotam, Northern became the first region in the Young Nats history to be chaired jointly by 2 people. In his spare time, George enjoys playing Golf, Gaming, as well the Opera and fine dining.
Matt Horsfield Central North Island Chair
Matt grew up in Hamilton and Sydney. After finishing high school Matt decided it was best to go back to his beloved hometown to study. Matt is currently studying towards a BA in Public Policy/Political Science at Waikato University.
Matt signed up to the Young Nats at O week during his first year. He joined as he understood that National was the party that rewarded success, freedom and personal responsibility whilst also ensuring those in needs receive the assistance they need to improve their lives.
When he’s not busy with party business he often enjoys going for a leisurely drive around the Waikato, gardening and the odd glass of wine.
Sam Stead Lower North Island Chair
Sam was born in the US, grew up in Auckland, and now lives in Wellington. Sam’s currently studying towards a BCom in Public Policy and International Business at Victoria University.
Having joined the party as a 6th form student in 2013 Sam’s party experience includes being on the Eden-Epsom branch executive, the Northern Young Nats exec, the VicNats exec, and presently as the Secretary of the Wellington Central electorate and Chair of the LNI Young Nats.
When he’s not busy getting stuck in with the Party, Sam can be found enjoying a drink with friends at one of Wellington’s fantastic bars or adventuring around the Lower North Island region.
Pereen Dhaliwal Canterbury-Westland Chair
Canterbury-Westland stretches as far as Kahurangi Point and all the way down to Awarua Point on the West Coast. The region also stretches to cover Canterbury and Tasman, thus encompassing a decent half of the entire South Island. Since Christchurch is the largest urban area of the region, it is therefore also the most active. The University of Canterbury is situated in the Ilam electorate, which allows students the opportunity to get involved within a key electorate of the region. We host a variety of events throughout the year, from monthly drinks to policy debates. There is something for everyone and as well as having some good fun along the way, we offer you the chance to get involved and to make your voice heard. I was first involved back in 2014 when I was still in high school on the West Coast. Since moving to Christchurch to further my studies at the University of Canterbury in 2016, I was elected as Secretary of the CW region and as of this year, I have been elected as Chair of the region. Whether you’re deeply in engrossed in politics or just want to know more about the Young Nats, then get in touch and join us for an unforgettable experience!
Tim Shiels Southern Chair
Tim joined the Southern Young Nats in 2011 and has held several roles before becoming Chair in October 2015. After growing up in Dunedin, he is studying towards an LLB/BA at the University of Otago, and has a couple of part time jobs. He sees his role as encouraging involvement in the Young Nats, at whatever level and allowing people to get the most out of their experience. Tim works to ensure everyone has a good time in the Southern Young Nats and doesn’t take it too seriously!