Can you fix the economy?

NZ needs nationalisation

electricity

ROLAND ASKEW

Why does nationalisation seem like a dirty word in our country? asks Roland Askew.

Save us from ourselves

economy

AMRIT OKHAN

Let's make things in New Zealand for New Zealanders, writes Amrit Okhan.

Exploitation rights sold to casino

skycity

A new convention centre is unrelated to the debate on pokie machine restrictions, and should stay that way, writes Simon Paterson.

Imagine if buying a house was trivial

Real estate

CARL TIMMS

We seem irreversibly addicted to the somewhat archaic concept of land and housing as a commodity and status symbol, writes Carl Timms.

Our economic to-do-list

Cash

AMANDA GREENWOOD

Amanda Greenwood shares her ideas on how to boost New Zealand's flagging economy.

NZ could learn from Singapore

Singapore chic

WILSON OWEN

New Zealand should work to attract investment to develop new industries, like Singapore has done, writes Wilson Owen.

NZ a nation of have-nots

NZ coins

RUSSELL THOMPSON

Most people in New Zealand work hard and still can't keep up with rising rents and food prices, writes Russell Thompson.

MMP to blame for our economy

mmp

GRAEME BENNETT

The good, sound governing of New Zealand is constantly jeopardised by the restrictive nature of MMP, writes Graeme Bennett.

Let's have regional interest rates

house sale

BILL DOLAND

Bill Doland says Aucklanders should pay higher mortgage interest rates to help kick start our country's economy.

NZ needs apartments not roads

Wellington apartments

MARTY WHITE

Subsidising apartments would lower the cost of suburban housing and decrease the cost of roading, writes Marty White.

We must start printing money

NZ dollars

DION MARIE

If our government can take back control of printing money, it can take back the control of debt, Dion Marie writes.

Get rid of automatic cars

Holiday traffic jam.

MIKE CAMPBELL

New Zealand could save on millions of litres in imported petrol if we got automatic cars off our roads, Mike Campbell says.

Helping NZ's 'unemployables'

Work and income

RICHARD CRUICE

The only way to turn our economy around is to increase people's incentive to become productive, Richard Cruice writes.

Fix our economy 1930s-style

savage

BILL DOLAND

The difficulty we face in today's economic environment is not unlike the depression years of the 1930s, writes Bill Doland.

NZ should imitate 'Taradise'

Mt Taranaki trampoline

PHIL O'DONOGHUE

Taranaki has intelligently exploited its natural resources producing low unemployment, high average incomes and a balanced lifestyle.

Healthcare key to a better economy

doctors

Bad workplace and lifestyle habits are affecting our economy, writes John Murphy, who calls for a healthcare focus.

NZ is like a wayward teen

NZ flag

CALLUM DAVIES

Some tough decisions need to be made if we are to thrive in the coming years, writes Callum Davies.

Fix the economy? Fix our rail

Railway tracks

IAN TURNER

New Zealand could provide hundreds of jobs by rebuilding our rail infrastructure, writes Ian Turner.

Invest in NZ growth

money

MAXINE WEBB

More jobs, greater opportunities, an improved economy, and a better brighter future is just around the corner, Maxine Webb says.

Kiwi ingenuity key

smile strap

WILLIAM SCUBY

The New Zealand government is too focused on big business, William Scuby writes.

Let's thrive while others sink

Tide

DEB GILBERTSON

Investment in alternative energy and a drive to cut drunkenness are part of Deb Gilbertson's recipe for an economic fix.

NZ must get innovating

Light bulb

MURRAY ANSELL

New Zealand needs to become a price setter rather than a price taker, says Murray Ansell.

Don't push teachers overseas

Teacher

MARK GERAETS

Mark Geraets discovered that in a foreign country he could teach and get paid well - so returning to New Zealand seemed pointless.

We need economic visionaries

economy

MURRAY HAWKES

New Zealand's economy needs more than just a banker used to just clipping the ticket, writes Murray Hawkes.

Our population must grow

PJ MACORMAIC

New Zealand needs to attract more skilled migrants to its shores to create a bigger demand for products and services, writes PJ Macormaic.

Spend your dollars like votes

cash strap

IAN FENN

Buy New Zealand-made and make your dollars work for our economy, writes Ian Fenn.

Bring jobs back to NZ

money

LAURIE SUTHERLAND

Sending our manufacturing and services overseas has meant Kiwis have no jobs and no money, Laurie Sutherland writes.

Five ways to fix the economy

Job ads

DAVID TAYLOR

The following is my view on the things that are being managed wrong in our economy today:

Reward those who export

Budget blues

PETER LEWIS

We need to change our structure so lawyers, politicians and public servants get less money and social status, Peter Lewis says.

Help start-ups get going

calculator

MATTHEW GREAVES

Helping young businesses, removing tax on fuel and lowering the minimum wage would help fix New Zealand's economy, Matthew Greaves thinks.

Kiwis don't get economics

Polling booth

SAMUEL FORTY

New Zealanders need to increase their knowledge of economics so they understand what they're voting for, Samuel Forty says.

Get rid of benefits

NZ dollars

New Zealand needs to make changes to its benefit system if we're to keep skilled workers on our shores,

Send our convicts overseas

prison strap

SIONE MAILANGI

With annual costs of $790m to house our criminals, is it time to look at sending our prisoners overseas?

NZ needs the Aussie dollar

Australian dollar

KEN WATSON

Only with a common New Zealand-Australian currency could we hope to close the wage gap and retain skilled workers, Ken Watson says.

Where are our leaders?

TALK TIME: Prime Minister John Key lands in the Cambodia capital, Phnom Penh.

VICTORIA WIMPENNY

What we call economics has taken over common sense in New Zealand, Victoria Wimpenny says.

NZ thinking too small

tax

SCOTT TREMAINE

New Zealand's tax system is too cumbersome and we need a flat tax to get back on track, but can it happen?

Fixing NZ starts with housing

Property

HELEN AUGER

Helen Auger outlines her plan for getting back to basics and fixing New Zealand's economy.

Secondary tax is unfair

Secondary tax hits the people who can least afford it and is another obstacle in trying to get ahead, Catherine Ternent writes.

It's time to abolish secondary tax

Taxing Times

PETER MAJORHAZI

Peter Majorhazi says secondary tax is an unfair burden on people struggling to make ends meet.

Fix the housing market

sold

JACOB HAMLIN

The current housing market is causing a lot of strain on the economy, writes Jacob Hamlin.

Remember what grandma said

economy

CHRIS & ANNETTE SCHNACK

Remember what Grandma told you, look after the pennies and the pounds will look after themselves, write Chris and Annette Schnack.

It's so simple

Money

DEREK WATT

A fix for the New Zealand economy seems so mind-numbingly simple when there is no asset-backing of our currency, writes Derek Watt.

Focus on the core problems

court case

EDUARD VAKS

We need a fair society, so that people have a reasonable chance to succeed and are motivated to try to do better, writes Eduard Vaks.

Refocus economy on children

Teddies

Today's children are tomorrow's nation; so why are we not focusing our attention on their future? Natalie Cozens asks.

Money-go-round through jobs

Dollars

It is no secret that the more people that have jobs, the more money people have to throw around.

Devalue to revalue

Money

ALBERT LINDSEY

NZ dollar needs to be aggressively devalued until overseas corporations find propping up Kiwi companies untenable, writes Albert Lindsey.

Lower the retirement age

Coins

SUSAN HUTT

Susan Hutt believes the economy can be fixed by lowering the retirement age and means testing Super.

Trans-Tasman hook up best

Australian dollar

STEVE WELLS

Closer links with Australia could strengthen the economies of both countries, writes Steve Wells.

Make assets work for Kiwis

Strap

CHRIS MCLAUGHLIN

Since National took over, New Zealand has slid into deficit and the gap between rich and poor has widened, writes Chris McLaughlin.

Time to get radical

NZ dollars

JOHN ROWAN

Socialism is great until the money runs out and that time has come, writes John Rowan.

Part-time workers need a break

Clock

The economy and families would be given a boost if more people helped encourage part-timer workers, writes a mum of two.

We need a 30-hour work week

Workers

RODOLFO RUPP

A 30-hour working week isn't a new idea. What Rodolfo Rupp describes is a way to accomplish it.

Learn from the EU

Euro financial crisis

DIEGO MARTIN

When dealing with the economy, it is difficult to pull a string without affecting something else, writes Diego Martin.

We must play to our strengths

no 8 wire

New Zealanders needs to appreciate what they have and focus on the strengths which can build our economy.

A hand up, not a handout

toddler

ALEXIA WELSH

Parents in New Zealand have to choose whether to work more and suffer, or rely on the Government and be better off, writes Alexia Welsh.

Communities the key

economy

CLIVE MCKEGG

In a collaborative, caring community people do better and true prosperity grows, writes Clive McKegg.

Let's dump our democracy

Beehive

DANIEL TALIS

The economy cannot be fixed without a fundamental change to the social system, writes Daniel Talis.

Boost tourism: legalise cannabis

Cannabis

NICK FORREST

We need to invest in infrastructure, lower the dollar, scrap GST ... and legalise marijuana, writes Nick Forrest.

Super highways

Traffic lights

BRODIE STOPFORTH

New Zealand needs greatly improved transportation and wireless communications infrastructure, writes Brodie Stopforth.

It's all about the jobs, stupid

Job seeker

CODY HAYWARD-MORRISON

Cody Hayward-Morrison says if we want to fix the economy we have to think a lot more about how to put people to work.

Let's be like Singapore not Aussie

economy

ANKIT CHOPRA

Tax cuts and a reduction in Government spending will give an immediate boost to the economy, writes Ankit Chopra.

The dollar is killing us

money strap

DAVE GORDON

The current exaggerated high value of the New Zealand dollar is killing the economy, writes Dave Gordon.

It's time to join the Aussies

aussie

RICHARD TE GROEN

We could benefit so greatly in many ways by becoming an island state of Australia, writes Richard te Groen.

Can you fix it? Interest is unnecessary

Coins

KELVIN DEAL

Have you ever tried to work out the cost to you of interest? Kelvin Deal says we should think hard about it.

How bad is it all?

economy

MICK O'MALLEY

In order to fix the economy, we have to first understand what is wrong, if anything, writes Mick O'Malley.

Productivity the key

Dairy cows

STEPHEN BEATH

Investment in our core sectors is the best way to secure long term economic growth, writes Stephen Beath.

A world with finite resources

e

SCOTT ANDREW

Everyone is trying to save our economic system - if only the public understood the true underlying problem and the ecological urgency at hand, writes Scott Andrew.

Economic freedom is true freedom

economy

ANDREW TAYLOR.

The economy and people of New Zealand will only reach their true potential when they have real freedom, according to Andrew Taylor.

A 12-step plan for salvation

inflation

Nigel Mayson has 12 simple ideas to help stop New Zealand's slide down the OECD rankings.

Tax the currency speculators

Dollars

WILLIAM BRYSON

The Kiwi dollar is overvalued and the rich pay too little tax, changes are needed, writes William Bryson.

Let's do away with interest

cash strap

LARA IRIARTE

Lara Iriarte has a radical idea to solve our economic woes - do away with interest charges.

Reading skills essential to economy

Classroom

JOHN CALLAHAN

In spite of higher unemployment there is a skilled worker shortage, and a lack of reading comprehension doesn't help, writes John Callahan.

Dam the economics, print cash

Dam

ALLAN MITCHELL

Economics is the greatest confidence game of all, so let's stop putting ourselves down and be proud of where we are, writes Allan Mitchell.

We need to pick winners

Test tube

SUSAN HARRIS

New Zealand needs to turn itself into an innovation factory, says Susan Harris.

Let's keep the money in NZ

investments

KEN FORTUNE

Kiwis need to invest in New Zealand companies and be encouraged to do so, writes Ken Fortune.

Land tax: Do it like Singapore

Singapore

GERALD TAIT

A land tax would curb property speculation and make more lending money available for business and entrepreneurs, Gerald Tait writes.