- Calls for fatal free weekend
- What’s on Today? Crossfit
- Patrol season underway
- Second Bay defeat for Black Caps
- Bay cops help in shooting case
- School looks to grow industry
- Public plea for wanted man
- Wait goes on for Mount bar
- Peace Run heads to Tauranga
- $750K of synthetic drugs seized
- Biggest NZ security effort since 9/11
- Calls to arm police full-time
- 4km/h speed tolerance in place
- Sunny start to long weekend
- International flights a no go
- Mount search unsuccessful
- Last ride for smashed car
- Man dies in Welcome Bay crash
- Risky driving caught on film
- Parents' plea for "precious boy" Jack
- Armed police cordon at Mount
- Man killed in crash named
- Tourists robbed at McLaren Falls
- Severe weather warning for EBOP
- Traffic delays after city crash
- No Tauriko special housing area
- Secret agent mum from Matua
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- Driver praised after boy hit
- New lead in bank robbery case
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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