- Checking for roadworks
- $44k divvied out to Bay charities
- First families for Whare Tauranga
- Walkways made easier
- Orca spotted in Tauranga Harbour
- Fighting changes at sea
- Changes to benefit Tauranga families
- A new ‘spy’ for the car-munity
- City council now online
- Food show fires up
- Woman critically injured on highway
- Go fly a kite this Sunday
- Missing woman found
- Highway open after serious crash
- Patched Hells Angels member wanted
- Update:Two seriously injured in crash
- Man charged with Tauranga baby's murder
- Update: Road open after serious crash
- Armed police in Lower Kaimai
- Major flooding in Bay
- Police name crash victims
- One arrested following armed callout
- Four vehicle crash in the Mount
- $29K for Tauranga Lotto player
- Stolen police car recovered
- College caned over expulsions
- Highway cleared after truck jackknifes
- Road open after serious crash
- Highway closed due to slip
- Traffic gridlocked after crash
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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