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IUK: A river in New Zealand has become the first in the world to be recognised as a living entity with its own rights and values and given the legal status of a person.
The Whanganui River, located in the north island of New Zealand, has a special and spiritual importance for the Maori people.
The New Zealand Parliament has just passed a bill which gives the river the ability to represent itself through human representatives, one appointed by a Maori community, known as Iwi, and one by the Crown, New Zealand news service Newshub reports.
The new status of the Whanganui River, or Te Awa Tupua, is believed to be unique in the world.
The Maori people recognise the river as part of the living mountains and the sea.
Chris Finlayson, who negotiated the treaty, said the Whanganui Iwi had fought for recognition of the people’s relationship with the river since the 1870s. MORE