Politics: Have your say
For Len Wicks, there are several absolute requirements for a flag to represent modern New Zealand.
I don't often agree with John Key, but he's got it right here. We need a new flag.
A flag should be symbolic, powerful, peaceful, distinctive, distinguished and graceful, writes Dene Andre.
I struggle to reconcile the intentional killing of another human being with the promotion of wellbeing.
Whatever it takes for us as a society to convince someone to stay alive, it's worth the cost, writes Josh Thompson.
It's past midnight and Guy Fawkes night was days ago, but I still can't sleep for the sound of fireworks.
Robert Ansell chose the colours for his flag design to express a unity of cultures in New Zealand.
Based on the Canadian, Swiss and Japanese flags, the Starfern is simple, reversible, geometrical and iconic.
Should terminally ill people legally be able to choose to end their own lives?
I understand resistance to changing the flag but hope and believe we're ready as a nation to do so.
I have no interest in fireworks but the arguments for banning them aren't enough, says John Bingham.
What do I do when the only way I can keep the tradition of the burning of the Guy is by breaking the law?
The iconic silver fern on a plain black background is too stark for a national flag, writes John Hyndman.
Some want a fireworks ban because they're killjoys masquerading as animal lovers, writes Nigel Jones.
Labour needs a leader with a profound vision for a new socialism in New Zealand, writes Daniel Talis.
If a child doesn't have their basic needs met we should see if they should be supplied, writes Heinz Fellerhoff.
I like fireworks, writes Tim Brown, but here are four reasons to stop selling them to the public.
Alex Colton's flag design is an ode to the land, people and waters that surround and flow through New Zealand.
Enforcing a lower speed tolerance only adds to the frustrations for drivers, Jimmy Ryan writes.
We produce the basic needs to eliminate poverty, but focusing on exports doesn't leave enough.
Tolls are the perfect solution to a problem that's growing faster than the local government can fix it.
Here's what Labour's next leader would need to do to lead the party to success at the next general election.
Labour is trying to guess what the public wants, and then do that. It won't work long term.
The hunt for a new flag has begun in earnest. Will we find a design that unites us?
Can Labour compete with the Greens and NZ First, both hungry for more parliamentary presence?
There are four candidates in the running to be the next Labour leader, but who's got what it takes?
Does getting a degree in NZ set you up for the job market or is it more debt than it's worth?
A design to portray New Zealand's location as well as its natural and cultural heritage, writes Neil Anderson.
Michael Smythe has come up with a flag design based on the work of New Zealand artist Gordon Walters.
A national flag doesn't need to incorporate every icon to be relevant to that nation, writes Justin van Veen.
It doesn't mean history is being downgraded, it means we're confident as a nation looking to the future.
Should the nation really be fiddling with the bunting instead of addressing more gruelling issues?
It's not so much the what or the why, but the how of picking a new flag that concerns Campbell Griffith.
We already have all the elements we need for any new flag design, writes Janis Barbour.
Any new design for New Zealand's flag just needs to say we're progressive, we're all Kiwis and proud.
New Zealand's culture is ingrained with the idea that drinking alcohol is not only normal, but essential.
If we change New Zealand's flag we need to consider the impact on the Armed Forces' flags too.
I heard all the flag debate arguments in Canada. They ended up with a great design and so can we.
The people who want to change the flag are young and not thinking about our history. It's an idiotic move.
I regularly contact MPs and councils and I file on any legislation I disagree with, but I don't vote.
Being original, uncluttered and representative of New Zealand is key for Peter Taylor in any flag design.
Labour's first priority needs to be finding a strong leader who can compete with National's John Key.
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.