All in All, Queen May Want to Forget About New Zealand

Associated Press

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, officials said.

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.

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.”