Your Team

Stefan Sunde Stefan Sunde 

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 Jay Hadfield 

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 Eli McKeown 

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 Ethan Hill

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.

Will Lewis 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.

Tait Dench Tait Dench
Membership and Campaign Coordinator

Tait grew up in the Waikato, in a small town called Te Awamutu, and is a second year Accounting and Marketing student student at the University of Otago.

He has always been interested in politics and joined the Young Nats in 2013 where he hoped to get involved in policy discussions and meet like minded people!

After going to a few events, Tait decided to get more involved and became the Policy Chair for the Southern Region, and now Membership and Campaigns Coordinator on the National Executive. In his spare time, Tait likes to go running, or treat himself to a few beers with the lads.

Sarah Croxford Sarah Croxford
Events Coordinator

Sarah grew up in Wellington where she went to Onslow College. She completed her Bachelor of Laws in Auckland, where she became involved in the Young Nats. She moved back to Wellington where she is now completing her Masters in Law and was admitted to the Bar in June. She also volunteers at the Citizens Advice Bureau, works for Barrister Stephen Irons, and trains with triathlon club Traction Fitness.

Sarah has been the Secretary for the Lower North Island Young Nats, and Young Nat representative for the Ohariu Executive.

Sarah Fenwick Sarah Fenwick
Northern Chair

Sarah was born and raised in Auckland, received a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Arts Conjoint Degree from the University of Auckland and now works in marketing as a recent grad.

Sarah first joined the Young Nats in 2012 at O Week and hasn’t looked back. She has been the Events Coordinator and Deputy Chair of the Northern Young Nats before becoming Regional Chair, as well as forming lifelong friendships and enjoying memorable life experiences along the way.

In her spare time, Sarah can be found hitting a solid life balance by indulging in copious amounts of wine and cheese after going on a bush walk or exploring what Auckland has to offer.

Matthew Small Matthew Small
Central North Island Chair

Matthew currently lives in Hamilton, which, according to him is a great place to live believe it or not. Originally from Christchurch so he has as much as a soft spot for Richie McCaw as the Prime Minister, Richie just doesn’t know that Matthew does yet.

He is very proud to represent the CNI Young Nats this year. Matthew believes that it is very important that we stay connected with our youth and grow membership in the regions. The people that live in the regions are the ones that keep this country ticking along.

Sam Stead 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.

Boyd Becker
Canterbury/Westland Chair


Tim Shiels 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!