- Tool theft on the increase
- Strong talent for NZ canoeing
- Put your phone away: Police
- Going for gold is paying off
- It’s all about running
- Trout fishing rules changing
- Stay away from orca calf
- Trustpower made to pay IRD
- No plea from robberies accused
- Bay woman left to die in her own waste
- Accolade for city councillor
- Grenada Street link now open
- Kiwi actor injured in Opotiki crash
- Rotorua man shot by police dies
- Pat’s sixth supreme pie
- Child killer blames victim
- Potatoes, gravy and ‘gross’ nudity
- Aggravated robbery of Greerton store
- Arrest made in aggravated robberies
- Police bust suspected P lab
- Grenada Street link opens Wednesday
- Whakatāne motorcylist named
- Two injured in Waihi Rd crash
- Chippy wants to nail thieves
- Weather to throw its toys out of the cot
- $1 million win for lucky Lotto
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- BOP U16 and U18 squads named
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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