All about New Zealand’s Whanganui River

  • New Zealand’s Whanganui River has gained its own identity with all the corresponding rights, duties and liabilities of a legal person, after a 170—year battle.
  • Te Awa Tupua (Whanganui River Claims Settlement) Bill, which passed its third reading in Parliament on Wednesday, will establish a new legal framework for the river.
  • It recognised the river as an indivisible and living whole from the mountains to the sea.
  • The river is a sacred and revered waterway to New Zealand’s Maori Iwi people and its interests will now be represented by an Indigenous group.
  • Among other things, the river could now be represented in court proceedings.

More Details:

  • The Whanganui River is a major river in the North Island of New Zealand.
  • It is the country’s third-longest river, and has special status owing to its importance to the region’s Māori people.
  • In March 2017 it became the world’s first natural resource to be given its own legal identity, with the rights, duties and liabilities of a legal person.
  • The Whanganui Treaty settlement brought the longest-running litigation in New Zealand history to an end.

Source: The Hindu & Wiki

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