Politics: Have your say
The fern may not be unique to New Zealand, but to the world it IS New Zealand, writes Tim Pate.
Labour is in meltdown. The sideshow continues, but it's not really that funny, Bevan Berg writes.
I have voted Labour in every election since 1975. But I won't be doing that again unless things change.
Would online voting get the missing million voters to the polling booths? Tony Duffy thinks so.
Labour needs more than a few good policies to stand any chance of making a difference, writes Patricia Gabric.
David Cunliffe's semi-resignation doesn't address the real reasons Labour failed so badly in the election.
Something old, something new and plenty of pride has gone into Dave Mabbott's flag design.
How would the New Zealand flag look without the Union Jack? Joel Wiramu Pauling shares his ideas.
We've ended up with a Labour caucus of independent MPs who can't even agree on what went wrong.
It was Labour's policies, not their leader, that caused them to lose the election so badly, writes Sue O'Neill.
Labour has become out of sync with modern voters and needs to reinvent itself, Lawrence Allen writes.
At some point, something will force us into changing our flag so we need to consider our options now.
David Cunliffe didn't have long enough in the job to prove himself as leader of the Labour Party.
If I can only pick one of a dozen bad apples, I would rather go hungry than feel sick later. Same applies to voting.
As Labour grapples with its worst election result in 92 years, we want to hear your views on what went wrong.
Democracy is a privilege, but the notion that voting is a civic duty is deeply flawed, writes Simon Dee.
A new flag design to symbolise our multicultural future while still keeping references to our past.
We should have the courage to choose a national flag that focuses on our future, not our past.
A simple lottery for voters that gives you a decent chance of winning would surely get more people voting.
I would rather see the money it would take to stage a flag referendum spent on making our country better.
The people who don't vote are the only ones who have a right to complain about the government.
There is a way to combine all that's important to New Zealanders in one flag, writes Josh Chapman.
After not voting in the last election, this time we did. But it still doesn't feel like our opinion was heard.
Don’t expect fed up, tired and busy people to go out of their way to contribute to a system they're not interested in.
There's a lot of "time for a change" rhetoric about New Zealand's flag with no substance to the argument.
I've asked lots of people why they didn't vote in the election and all their answers reflect a similar theme.
Changing the flag for the sake of it is silly. If we need anything it's unifying, not further fragmentation.
Does our country's current flag represent you or would you like to see something fresh flying?
Permanent work is almost impossible to find and there's still a severe lack of special needs funding.
Beneficiaries need at least a $50 per week pay rise just to keep pace, Martin Buck writes.
Alan Peacock makes a case for dropping company tax on exports to strengthen New Zealand's economy.
"I think that it was such a rabble, that even the NSA gave up listening." Your views on the leaders' debate.
Any political party worth their salt would remove minimum wage from the political agenda.
It's time we looked after our family assets instead of belittling and abusing them, Rene Smit says.
Note to politicians: please stop making short-term plans and buying votes. Here's what we need to focus on.
Imagine our economy if young couples didn't need to bust their guts to buy a first home, writes Alan Peacock.
Scrapping the restricted licence and zero alcohol rule for young drivers are just part of John Clarkson's plan.
The average Kiwi is struggling, but there are good people out there and you need to pull together, not pull apart.
Migration and a housing shortage have increased the value of our home, but we're worse off day to day.
New Zealand used to be a low cost, low wage economy. What happened? asks immigrant Nick Wall.
Under the current government, our pay hasn't kept up with the cost of living and owning our own home is out of reach.
After six years of the current government, is your family reaping the rewards or struggling to cope?
As demand on Auckland's resources rises, Bevan Read suggests diverting the city's growth elsewhere.
Jacob Smith tries to shed some light on the economic impacts of increasing the minimum wage.
A population cap and mainstream holistic medicine would be among Bradley Cranston's policies as PM.
What issues matter to Aucklanders and where should the Goverment be spending money in your city?
When it comes to sorting out New Zealand's problems, it's as simple as A, B, C, writes Will Hutson.
It's not just the voting system, but the mass disengagement of the voting population that needs to change.
Whichever party you support, we deserve more from our government than we're currently getting.
Judith Collins' sister likened the MP to Princess Diana and our comments inbox nearly melted.