New Zealand river recognised as ‘legal person’
The Whanganui River has been recognised by Parliament as a ‘legal person’ in a move believed to be a world-first.
JOHANNESBURG - A New Zealand river revered by Maori has been recognised by Parliament as a 'legal person'.
News agency AFP is reporting it’s believed to be a world-first.
Under legislation passed on Thursday that combines western legal precedent with Maori mysticism, the Whanganui River has been formally declared a living entity.
This means it will have its own legal identity with all the corresponding rights, duties and liabilities of a legal person.
(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)