Politics: Have your say
Does our country's current flag represent you or would you like to see something fresh flying?
Education Policy over the past years has become Education Politics, writes Stephen Macartney
Helen Auger is sick of parents wanting and expecting help from the government, through her taxes.
I'll make up for this child rearing "holiday," but for now, a little more help Mr Government please.
Working for families? Well, it doesn't work for us with three kids and a whopping childcare bill.
Kiwi kids regularly go hungry and the attitude is if they're not my children, they're not my problem.
Working after having a baby is hard and it's made harder by the cost of childcare, Virginia Nichols writes.
With budgeting, adjustments and love, much can be gained from giving up work to mind a baby.
Without both of my husband and I working, we would not be able to survive, Debra Bain writes.
Mum of two Sam Jones thinks Government money should go to child care, not paid parental leave.
I believe that if you work for an hour you should be better off than someone that hasn't.
The Govt must legislate against food manufacturers and supermarkets, Sue Pairaudeau says.
Every time I see the supermarket prices on fresh fruit and vegetables, I wonder how a people cope.
For a large per cent of the population, obesity is a purely financial problem, John Grieve writes.
A new flag for New Zealand should be representative of our past and present, Barry McDonald says.
We need a powerful, social marketing campaign to make drinking to excess socially unacceptable.
The thought of being drunk in front of my kids is revolting. How many Kiwi parents feel that way?
Why, if you could reduce the negative effects of alcohol, would you not? John Bebe asks.
Prime Minister John Key is right, the flag should be changed to reflect New Zealand.
Jonny Stening shares his simple design for a new New Zealand flag.
I've been so disillusioned with how things have been run I think its time for a new political movement.
Bruce Ward's flag design has the 1974 Commonwealth Games logo and rugby ball-shaped koru.
New Zealanders seem to value more the existence of an endangered bird than Maori culture.
If you cut a tree off from its roots, it dies. And that's why the Union Jack must stay, writes Bruce Hill.
Waitangi Day is a reminder of how Maori and Pakeha can celebrate the building of a nation, writes Lesley Erikson.
My Waitangi Day will be an annual celebration of the fact I'm lucky enough to live in New Zealand.
Having the the Union Jack on our flag hasn't harmed New Zealand, writes Jack Hutchings.
New Zealand needs a new, fresh flag, rather than something loaded with past associations.
The man behind one the most popular alternative flag designs share his views on the current debate.
Clinton Thompson agrees that our flag should change, but says the timing of the debate is disrespectful.
New Zealand's flag should be about nationhood, not rugby, Geoff Bethell writes.
We need a flag that is bright, clean, new, and bold, like our country, Hamish Fraser writes.
A child will take the biggest pile of lollies offered, even if they're bad for them. It's the same with voting, says Susan James.
Does the current flag invoke such unity among ourselves as the silver fern? Such patriotism?
This NZ flag design is so simple even five year olds will be able to draw it at school, Peter Seay says.
Only in recognising and valuing both our differences and similarities, will we truly come of age as a nation.
Why waste money changing the flag when we could spend it on healthcare and education?
NZ's binge-drinking culture has long been a source of nationwide debate, but how can we change our boozing ways?
The flag debate seems like a red herring distraction during this election year, Cleo George says.
New Zealanders have much to celebrate. So Maori and Pakeha, get together and celebrate.
Rarely have I seen such cross-party support on any issue, as with our flag debate.
Christopher Carroll is proud to hang the current New Zealand flag on his wall overseas.
Creating jobs is key to reducing poverty - and the best way to get Nick Hamilton's vote.
Alexander Dyle presents his 'bold and striking' design for the New Zealand flag.
A political party courageous enough to reverse the 1991 benefit cuts would earn my loyalty.
Britain's flag should represent Britain. Our flag should simply be about NZ, Patricia Roberts writes.
Glo Williams is looking for a party that understands New Zealand is a community of diverse people
Waitangi Day should be a day to celebrate, but for for most Kiwis, it's awkward, Dave Mollard writes.
A national day should be one of national unity, when people reflect on the pleasures of being a Kiwi.
If all the unemployed woke up tomorrow and went job-hunting there wouldn't be enough jobs.