I can't speak for Christchurch at all, not having lived there.
But what about the person walking along great north road at midnight and has a car full of people yell at him then turn around for the response and throw bottles. Or walking down any main city after dark and having people challenge you for even glancing in their direction. Or inane fights that leave people stomped on with major unrecoverable head injuries, usually over absolutely nothing at all. Or the drunk guy laying down the challenge because "You're not from around here". Or any other act of so called random violence that happens ad nauseum on New Zealand streets every night, with an acceleration in the weekend.
We have a problem. A huge problem. It begins, and probably ends quite quickly, with alcohol and intolerance, and is fed by peer pressure and other influences (super violent video games, lack of empathy, immaturity spring to mind). It's never been addressed properly, written off as one of our "growing pains" yet now there is a far more sinister manifestation.
I don't see any representation of the consequences of these attacks ever. If you've ever seen a serious head injury (and I'm not talking external) and the impact on that person you would never, ever think about hitting someone in the head again. Then there's the recovery time, psychological impact etc.
The warrior culture and lack of empathy needs to be addressed. Along with alcohol consumption. And I say this clearly as someone who has blacked out, crashed cars and done some pretty bloody stupid other things.
We have a crisis. It should be apolitical.
Eating media lunch - anal mana
From the listener a while back.....http://www.listener.co.nz/entertainment/pique-viewing/
Best Hoax: the leggy beauty on the awful Something About Miriam turned out to be a bloke and everyone involved deserved every thing they got. Incredibly, some people actually believed that Eating Media Lunch killed Shrek and that an indigenous good time called Anal Mana would be coming to an adult section near you. Time for another of those shows where they test the IQ of the nation. Quick.
That just makes me feel sick. And sad.
Seriously - what DO people expect will happen if they jump on someone's head repeatedly? The answer is clearly a) They're not thinking at all and b) They're not thinking at all and don't care.
Good on you Dexter for reporting these too, that can be dangerous in itself.
Sorry, probably a bit late........but I believe it would be a great deterrent if any perpetrators of violence of any kind (particularly those who believe it's okay if it's only one punch) to be forced to visit long term head injury patients in the care surroundings.
Show them what happens to someone with a serious head injury.
Show them what happens to someone in a brawl, or someone who only got hit once and then hit the concrete head first.
Show them someone who has had to live with a serious head injury for twenty years. Show them the effects on the families of these people.
I'd like to think a lot of people would change their ways after that........or maybe I'm just being naive.
Thirded. The readiness to resort to violence, and in some cases serious group violence is disturbing, and that more than anything to me contributes to the unsafeness I've felt in Ak central. Even k'rd seems to switch after 11pm, and there doesn't seem to be a hell of a lot of good will out there.
It's always been there, and is also indicative of a trend of western youth culture too. It really does reinforce immaturity.
Actually it was great to see Boris shown up for the twat he really is.
Most of them are children, you're right. And they don't care.
It is about them, this is the instant gratification generation that we appear to have reaped. Yep there's other factors, but what I'm seeing is sheer "Fuck it no one can stop us".
They're obviously not sticking it to the man. He's quite safe behind closed doors and wealth. They're sticking it to themselves, their communities, small businesses, people's homes, just generally groups that can't afford to lose anything.
I've got no answers - London's quiet so far, sort of, but Manchester burns, and the right wing are crawling out of the woodwork. Yet it's still fundamentally a bunch of lawless kids who are doing what they want and getting a buzz out of it.
It's a strong statement, but that doesn't make it true
Er. That was meant to say less true
The people organising and participating in these rounds of rioting simply don't care. They're here to loot, have a buzz, and smash things. To quote someone else not from this blog, "a lot of them want the life of girls, money, cars without having to break a sweat". It's a strong statement, but that doesn't make it true. It's also no coincidence that this is happening in the school holidays.
It's been a thin veneer for a while now, small groups of kids pretty much lawless but not in the mainstream eye. Something obviously clicked that they could do what they wanted and get away with it. Which is now happening.
There are conditions here that have allowed at least two generations to grow up outside of (another borrowed term I like) "the social contract"....when people ask where are the parents, it might be that they don't care, that they do care but can't stop their kids, or simply that they're part of it too. I don't know.
These kids have no empathy. They appear to be nihilistic. And they don't care. Not all I know, but a fair few I would guess. And you have to look at how they have grown into this. A complex answer, not least the conditions some, if not all have to endure. Some will be down to upbringing, a majority down to peer pressure.
How do you turn this around? And what's next? This is not a society any of us (and I'm sure if the looters could be turned around they would agree) wants. In fact it's the lack of a society which makes it all the more frightening, that and the speed at which it happened.
I nervously await tonight, and am hating it. It's worth noting that similar conditions exist in Auckland and other centres in New Zealand - the poverty and wealth gap must be addressed now.
privatisation is about making a profit. There is already some horrendous examples (california for one) where prisons are full of people who should not even be there.
Fundamentally - this is not an industry. This is not a business.
Yet we're sleepwalking towards it all over again.
Private run prisons NEED inmates. No second guessing where the laws come from.
Please let's not be so naive here. Or maybe I am.