Prince William will be in New Zealand next week. REUTERS/Toby Melville
New Zealand officials organising next week's royal visit have
rejected reports by British media that publicity for events
during the tour gives a "manual for terrorists, nutters and
fixated people hoping to harm them".
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their 8-month-old son
Prince George will spend 10 days in New Zealand from Monday.
UK media yesterday quoted former Metropolitan Police head of
royal protection Dai Davies saying he was "appalled"by tweets
and notifications of the family's engagements.
The royal visit is handled by the Department of Internal
Affairs' royal visit office, and staff have used the official
social media channels of Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae
to tell New zealanders where they will be able to see the
Information includes locations, times and the best place to
stand to catch a glimpse, as well as maps of the routes they
will take when meeting the public in various cities and town
Details of private engagements and travel arrangements have
not been publicly released.
A Daily Mirror story yesterday quoted Mr Davies as describing
the information as a manual for terrorists, "nutters and
fixated people"hoping to harm them.
"I'm appalled at the idiocy of any idiot who would publish
this far in advance both route and location," he said.
"I find it almost unbelievable someone would do this. It's a
manual and it goes against anything I believe in. Appalled is
The tabloid called the information "gift to terrorists"in its
headline, and the Daily Mail followed suit, describing the
notifications as a "manual for terrorists"that "could leave
the couple at risk of an attack by terrorists or stalkers".
The royal visits office's media manager, Allen Walley, said
the announcements were the result of months of planning and
did not breach any regulations.
"There is no problem with it, all of this was planned well in
advance, it was signalled to Kensington Palace and it was
cleared with New Zealand police."
Although social media had advanced in recent years, giving
public notification was business as usual for royal visits.
"Sending out the routes and public meeting places and so
forth has been the norm with every royal visit to New Zealand
for the last 30 years."
The Duke and Duchess will meet the public in Wellington,
Blenheim, Auckland, Hamilton, Cambridge, Dunedin, Queenstown
- Morgan Tait of the New Zealand Herald