Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


Korotangi Paki – The Shame is Punishment Enough

Korotangi Paki – The Shame is Punishment Enough says Rethinking


The public discussion surrounding the discharge without conviction of Korotangi Paki, son of King Tuheitia is missing an important point, says Kim Workman, in Rethinking’s latest blog, .Korotangi Paki – ‘Waiho mā te whakamā e patu – ‘Let Shame Be Your Punishment’ athttp://blog.rethinking.org.nz/2014/07/korotangi-paki-waiho-ma-te-whakama-e.html”One of the things that distinguish this case from most others, is the devastating impact of shame and disrepute his actions have brought on King Tuheitia, Kingitanga and Tainui.”

“The research on the impact of public shaming is pretty clear. What it tells us is that for the most part, public shaming has the opposite effect to that intended, especially when it is applied to the marginalised and powerless within our community. At that level, public shaming amounts to no more than stigmatisation, and the end result is that offenders feel less ashamed, and more comfortable in their role as one of society’s ‘outsiders’. For low level marginalised offenders, widespread television and media coverage only serves to further stigmatise and increase the likelihood of future reoffending.”


The exceptions to the rule are people who live in tribal societies, white collar criminals and respectable law abiding citizens who fall by the wayside once, and have the resources and resilience to clamber their way back into society.

One of the significant differences in this case, is that Korotangi is a member of a closely integrated tribal society. If you are looking for an example of a highly tribalised community, Tainui and the Kingitangi movement has it all. Its structural roots, values and approaches to social order are embedded in the 1860’s.

That of course, doesn’t make it easy for Korotangi – the road to redemption will be much more difficult and tricky. His shame is not a personal thing - it is at this moment, a topic of discussion within the 65 Tainui marae, all of which will have their views on the matter. His acceptance back into that tribal community will be a long and difficult path, and he will have to prove himself in order to restore dignity and respect to his father and whānau. In those circumstances, shame is the punishment. Nothing else the Court can do will equal the severity of his sentence.

Rethinking’s blog goes on to discuss the history of public shaming in New Zealand, and the impact of stigmatisation on offender reintegration. It recommends that the government’s Reducing Crime and Reoffending strategy should include a strategy to reduce the impact of public shaming and stigmatising of offenders, in order to reduce the crime and reoffending rate.

Blog Link: http://blog.rethinking.org.nz/2014/07/korotangi-paki-waiho-ma-te-whakama-e.html


ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

No Charges: Outcome
Of Operation Clover Investigation

Police have completed a multi-agency investigation, Operation Clover, into the activities of a group calling themselves “The Roast Busters”. The 12 month enquiry focused on incidents involving allegations of sexual offending against a number of girls in the Waitemata Police district and wider Auckland area.

Following a lengthy and complex investigation, charges are not being laid by Police at this time regarding 8 incidents involving 7 victims and 5 suspects. More>>

 

Parliament Today:

UNICEF Report: NZ Cautioned On "Stagnating" Child Poverty

An international report by UNICEF has found that child poverty rates in New Zealand have barely changed since 2008, despite similar sized countries significantly reducing child poverty during the recent recession. More>>

ALSO:

Funding Report: Two Pathways For Transport In Auckland

Commissioned by Auckland Council, the group was asked to investigate two possible pathways for raising $300 million per year ($12 billion over 30 years) to pay for the improvements needed to help fix Auckland’s transport system. More>>

ALSO:

Pay Equity: Equal Pay Win In Court Of Appeal

CTU: The Court of Appeal has made a historic decision paving the way for a substantial equal pay claim for aged care workers. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The TPP Finishing Line, And Amazon’s Woes

If the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal wasn’t such a serious matter, this would be pretty funny… More>>

ALSO:

TV3 Video: Three Die On Roads Over Labour Weekend

The official holiday period ended at 6am Tuesday, with three deaths on the roads during the Labour Day weekend. More>>

Employment Relations Bill: Govt Strains To Get Tea Break Law Through

The Government has been left with egg on its face - failing to get its much-vaunted, but hugely unpopular, meal break law passed in the first week of its new term, Labour spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says. More>>

ALSO:

Guns: Police Association Call To Arm Police Full Time

"The new minister gave his view, that Police do not need to be armed, while standing on the forecourt of parliament. The dark irony was that the interview followed immediately after breaking news of a gunman running amok in the Canadian parliament in Ottawa..." More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Tokenism Of New Zealand's Role Against Islamic State

Our contribution against IS will be to send SAS forces to train the Iraqis? That’s like offering trainers to General Custer just as the 7th cavalry reached the Little Big Horn. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: Shell And Todd Caught Drilling Without Approval

Multi-national oil company Shell’s New Zealand arm and local energy giant Todd Energy have breached the new law governing New Zealand’s Exclusive Economic Zone, the Environmental Protection Authority says in an Oct. 10 document released by the Green Party. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news