- What's onToday? Easter fun
- Tauranga film wins best feature
- New DairyNZ director
- Gutsy Crusaders edge Chiefs
- What does Easter mean to you?
- Basketball first for Tauranga
- Bittersweet weekend for Bay drivers
- Bargain book hunters queue up
- Slip crashes through home
- Gate Pa art exhibition opens
- Mixed reviews on legal high policy
- Easter fun at Greerton
- A wet and windy race
- Remembering the war in Waihi
- Student to speak with Apiata
- Road closures across region
- Wild weather: your photos
- Wild weather cuts power
- Car submerged in stream
- Storm causes chaos in Bay
- Thunderstorm warning removed
- Crash near Te Puke
- Passers-by help save man’s life
- Mount surf reef to be removed
- Wild weather - your photos
- Woman’s life on stolen bracelet
- Tauranga artist paints royals
- Local radio gets a revamp
- ‘Hoon’ ends with car in creek
- NZ tsunami threat 'not likely'
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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