The media has focused on the assault of cricketer Jessie Ryder, but has had nothing to say about the economic violence being waged against Christchurch's quake victims. The 'cogs tyrannic' of the government's bureaucratic machines roll on.
In the aftermath of the assault on cricketer Jessie Ryder, it hasn't just been Cr Aaron Keown who has been getting all hysterical about Christchurch's so-called 'culture of violence'.
On Tuesday The Press used the release of new crime figures to suggest that the good citizens of Christchurch are always on for 'the bash' The page one headline hissed ; 'Stressed Cantabrians Turn To Violence'.
The evidence for this claim was that there was a 10.7 percent increase in the number of reported assaults in 2012 compared to 2011. The source of most of these assaults wasn't surprising - boozed up bar patrons lashing out on Friday and Saturday nights.
The Press did not want to waste a good tabloid headline so it chose not to highlight that the new figures are still far lower than they were before the quakes. But, of course, a headline like 'Christchurch Less Violent Than Before The Quakes' would not have quite the same dramatic oomph.
Buried in the article it was reported the police ' maintain Christchurch is still far safer than other New Zealand cities, and things are not as bad as the days 'of putting out fires and stopping fights' in the pre-quake central city.'
Canterbury District Commander Superintendent Gary Knowles told The Press that 'crime was still down on 2010' and that Christchurch was 'a lot safer' than the metropolitan centres of the North Island.
But while some local politicians and the media have been frothing at the mouth about Christchurch's mythical 'culture of violence' they haven't been so vocal about the violence being waged in the eastern suburbs.
Such is the 'cogs tyrannic' of the banks, the insurances companies, the Earthquake Commission, the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) and the government. It rolls on leaving thousands of lives injured and damaged, trampled into the ground.
The violence is systemised and routinised and it doesn't appear like violence at all - but nevertheless it is this bureaucratic violence that has wrecked local communities.
It is violence that has forced people to accept derisory offers for their home and land from the government.
It is the violence that has forced people pay extortionate rents they cannot afford and a violence that has forced people to live in garages and overcrowded conditions. It is a violence that is plunging more people into poverty as each month goes by.
The violence has resulted in over 66,000 people in Christchurch turning to anti-depressants . The region now holds the highest anti-depressant prescription rate in the country.
And if you want more evidence of the casualties of this protracted assault, consider that mental health referrals in Christchurch are now at an all-time high and severe psychological disorders are beginning to emerge.
Associate Professor Dee Mangin, of the University of Otago Christchurch campus - and who also works as a Christchurch GP - said this week that some of her patients had reached the end of their resilience, no longer able to cope with living in damaged homes, the intransigence of the insurance companies and the Earthquake Commission (EQC), the arrogance of CERA, job losses and relationship breakdowns
Mangin told the media that she had written 'so many letters I cannot remember" to EQC, CERA and various insurance companies urging them to fast-track repairs, but said her pleas were largely ignored.
I do not think it is an exaggeration to say that this violence is killing people but no one is accountable. Indeed we have the editor of The Press writing editorials that praise Gerry Brownlee and Roger Sutton and a Christchurch mayor so bereft of morality and principle that he refuses to fight alongside the very people who pay his exorbitant salary.
Perhaps what we need to do is start thinking in a new way and ask what kind of a society and economic system not only renders such violence possible but actually condones it.