This river has the same legal status as a person

This river in New Zealand has just been granted the same legal status as a person

  • The indigenous Whanganui Iwi have a saying: “I am the river and the river is me.”
  • Two people to speak for the river

    Under the Whanganui River Claims Settlement Bill, two people will act and speak on behalf of the river.

  • His comments were reported by CNN affiliate Radio New Zealand The river is New Zealand’s longest navigable river, stretching 180 miles (290 kilometers) from Mount Tongariro to the Tasman Sea.
  • She said the settlement, which also includes financial restitution of $80 million, gives people a chance to restore the river to “its life-giving essence.”
  • Speaking in parliament, Fox said the move is a gift back to the Whanganui River iwi and “their rightful obligations and responsibilities to the river that runs through their veins.”

The indigenous Whanganui Iwi have a saying: “I am the river and the river is me.”

@CNN: This river in New Zealand has just been granted the same legal status as a person

The river will have its own legal identity “with all the corresponding right, duties and liabilities of a legal person,” the government said.

The river is New Zealand’s longest navigable river, stretching 180 miles (290 kilometers) from Mount Tongariro to the Tasman Sea. The iwi have pursued claims and sought protection of the river since the 1870s.

One of Maori Party’s co-leaders, Marama Fox, hailed the bill’s passage. She said the settlement, which also includes financial restitution of $80 million, gives people a chance to restore the river to “its life-giving essence.”

This river has the same legal status as a person