Whanganui River: The First River to Gain Legal Rights

In New Zealand, the Whanganui River will become the first river to be recognized as a person with legal rights and interests by the nation’s government. This ruling was gained through protracted effort by the Whanganui River iwi (iwi = Maori peoples or nations), who consider the river a part of their identity, and have been fighting for its protection since 1873.

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