- Cyber bullying bill passes
- Protest against diesel trains
- Rolleston new WFO vice-president
- Art gallery appoints new trustees
- Council’s systems fail under pressure
- ‘Coreena’ to be refloated today
- Bra-zen trip to Waihi
- Fined for excess mussel gathering
- World Cup goes mini
- Policies to put money back in pockets
- Cannabis grower’s sentencing put off
- Fireworks bylaws under review
- Poisons sold in drink bottles
- Local lifesavers recognised
- Country to experience dry July
- Living with Wilson’s disease
- Crash writes off beloved BMW
- Armed police operation in Pyes Pa
- Powerball player banks $24M
- New Tauranga homes unveiled
- Man charged with stabbing
- Bay of Plenty on gale watch
- Rudd cleared to get pilots licence
- Armed drug raid in Pyes Pa
- Scrub fire in Welcome Bay
- Under 13s free GP visits
- Gull cuts pump price by 10 cents
- Impressive haul at Polaris Big Four
- Bay’s $591 transport package
- Sizzling, searing secrets on the grill
Cooking up a storm
Spokesperson for the Green Party
Morally appropriate behaviour is not generated reliably by a vague threat of incarceration. Behavioural science has known for decades that it is immediacy of reward and punishment that drives behavioural choices.
To a mixing pot, add some poverty, a limited sense of social responsibility, violence as a normal life experience, boredom, and perhaps some mind-altering substances.
Stir in a policeman as threat, and a violent upheaval becomes unsurprising. Any notion of consequence is lost in the actions of the moment.
It is utterly ridiculous, and totally unacceptable, that a policeman is attacked while doing his job. But equally ridiculous is the idea that a greater threat will solve the problem.
The Kawhia policeman was armed with pepper spray, a taser, and a gun. With those ingredients, he inflamed a tense situation and cooked up a spectacle.
Reduced poverty, better parenting, effective education, mana, and compassion: address these issues at source and unwanted behaviour will slowly fade away.
Ian McLean is a spokesperson for the Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand.
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