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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.

The Whanganui River in New Zealand has been granted “legal personhood“. Picture: Twitter/@theNZstory.

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)

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