Politics: Have your say
It's working under National and the others have no clue where they would go if they won.
If only a Green-National alliance was viable - that would keep our current leaders more honest.
It's hard to narrow an election down to one issue, but on the whole it's mostly about tax.
Children are the future of this country and our Government needs to do more to protect them.
Unlike our neighbours over the ditch, we are taxed on the first dollar we earn.
I will vote for the party who will totally ban synthetic cannabis.
I've realised I'm a genuine swing voter and look forward to seeing if I'm part of another shift in our political environment.
What policies would get you to a polling booth in this year's election?
Politicians seem more interested in spending money than improving our country.
New Zealand needs to address the issue of growing social inequalities.
National have shown they can lead in tough times - that's what matters to me.
Schools need to curb rampant spending on technology and free the curriculum from archaic assessment practice.
Forget the flag-change distraction, the real issues are peak oil, global warming and capitalism.
The biggest threat to NZ's high-quality education system is political interference, Barry Thompson writes.
Daniel Eyre says his NZ flag design is unpretentiously striking, unique and not ugly.
With the election scheduled for September, there is no better time to discuss youth voter apathy.
Parents need to ask more questions of the people making our education policies, Mags Delaney says.
Our flag needs to include the two iconic images of New Zealand: the Southern Cross and silver fern.
My teacher friends are concerned for the well-being of their own children within the education system.
I have recently taken my child out of public school because of the teacher to student ratio, Mel Jones writes.
Parents asked for National Standards. Teachers need to get on with it, Philip Wilkinson writes.
Parents need access to subsidies so they can make do for themselves, Kesa Edwards writes.
Brigid McCaffery says National's education policies are harming our previously great education system.
Religious instruction is the responsibility of parents and guardians, not public schools, Luella Wheeler says.
Mike Boon says the current government's education policies are 'demoralising' for teachers.
Here are eight ideas to correct the economy and allow our great nation to rise again.
New Zealand's flag must not represent our past or present, but our nation's essence, Benjamin Moore says.
It appalls me that people making decisions about education have never been in charge of a classroom.
What needs to happen in education policy to win your vote this election?
Every Kiwi should have a chance to buy their own land, Elizabeth Duff writes.
It is sad that in this day in age being a mum is considered by some as a handicap to doing your job.
Without immediate action to reform superannuation, we'll be looking at empty coffers, Rachel Coburn writes.
With all this talk of power increases, I'm beginning to wonder how we can survive all this.
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?