- Williamson banned from bowling
- Defamation claim against Horan
- Brakes put on free parking
- App shows what’s under you
- Waharoa marks weigh station opening
- Pupils get breakfast boost
- Two cars crash near Papamoa
- Guilty verdicts in meth trial
- Mount house fire cause unknown
- Council faces big decisions
- Papamoa's radio mast removed
- Winter chill leaves its mark
- Wanted: Shaye Thompson
- More seasonal workers welcomed
- Ice on roads prompts warning
- Snow on Kaimai Ranges
- Trucks crash near Papamoa
- Man dies in Greerton carpark
- Police chase man in Maungatapu
- Car crash south of Te Puke
- Ticketed over wrong WOF rule
- Call for MP to act on report
- Glass sparks antibiotic recall
- Flyers remain with Malaysia
- Mass rubbish dump disgusts
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- Car destroyed by blaze
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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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