Anti-Royalist Attempts to Ram Car Into Queen’s Motorcade
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) _ A Maori man known to be an anti-royalist tried to ram a car into Queen Elizabeth II’s motorcade today, but was intercepted by police, said officials.
Chief Inspector Bob Mitchell said Dun Mihaka was prevented from driving into the motorcade while the queen was on her way to Porirua Police College to open festivities marking the centenary of the New Zealand police.
Mihaka was taken into custody, but it was not immediately known whether he was charged.
He was taken into custody Wednesday under preventive detention because he bared his buttocks during a 1981 appearance of the Prince and Princess of Wales. He was released later Wednesday.
Another Maori man bared his buttocks at the royal motorcade Tuesday to protest the ceding of Maori rights to Britain more than a century ago. The Maoris fought European settlers during the 19th century.
On Monday, the queen was hit by an egg thrown by protesters. She referred to the egg hurling at a state banquet Wednesday night, saying: ″New Zealand has long been renowned for its dairy produce, though I should say that I myself prefer my New Zealand eggs for breakfast.″
Prince Philip today dedicated the world’s first plant to manufacture commercial quantities of petroleum from natural gas. New Zealand has no oil of its own, and the government hopes the plant will provide one-third of the country’s fuel requirements for the next two decades.
The complex is near New Zealand’s two main gas fields in the eastern North Island province of Taranaki. Completed at a cost of $1.4 billion, the plant uses a secret process developed by Mobil Oil Corp., which owns 25 percent of the project.
On Wednesday, an opposition leader accused Prime Minister David Lange of drawing Queen Elizabeth into controversy over New Zealand’s anti-nuclear policies.
The queen delivered a speech Wednesday at the formal opening of Parliament’s 1986 session outlining the year’s legislative program.
In the speech, prepared for her by the New Zealand government, the monarch said the impending legislation banning ports of call by nuclear armed or powered ships was not intended in any way to weaken New Zealand’s security alliance with the United States and Australia.
The three countries are grouped in a treaty known as ANZUS.
The queen said: ″Nevertheless it is acknowledged that the operational character of the ANZUS alliance is the subject of dispute with the United States.
″New Zealand wishes to retain and to extend the long-standing friendship existing between the two countries,″ she said. ″When differences arise, the soundness of any friendship is revealed by the efforts made to seek a resolution of those differences.
″The government will adopt every diplomatic initiative possible to reach a satisfactory settlement,″ she said.
Traditionally, host governments in Commonwealth countries prepare the queen’s speeches, which usually do not contain controversial political comments.
Opposition leader Jim Mclay charged the wording of the speech the government prepared was insensitive because Britain had made it clear it did not agree with New Zealand’s exclusion of nuclear warships from its ports.
In Washington’s view, ANZUS has been rendered virtually inoperative by New Zealand’s anti-nuclear policy.