- From the Bay to the Louisiana swamps
- Students' quick response to cliff fall
- Joy for Haynes, Mount romp to ERC's win
- Shields' first triathlon win
- Kennings and Ensor's successful start
- Scrub fire at Pukehina
- What's on Today? Triathlon
- Delays expected for flu vaccine
- Day two of jetsprints
- Comedian’s close call
- Rain for back to school
- Thundercats action heats up + results
- Couple lift the bar on mammograms
- Fixing up the Ford
- Williams cup cricket fireworks
- One dead in SH2 crash
- Fatal truck crash investigated
- Pedestrian hit by ute
- Jail for $146K theft
- Don’s big swim for James
- Father and son injured in 100m fall
- $20k bus credit baffles woman
- Plea for six-year-old's stolen bike
- Orca thrill locals
- House fire in Maungatapu
- Motorcyclist seriously injured in crash
- All change at Domain Road
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- Te Puke speed limit changes
- Orchard block sells up
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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