Monday, September 17, 2012

Whanganui River to Gain Legal Personality

Credit: James Shook, Wikipedia Commons, via
In a significant recognition of the significance of the environment, a framework agreement between the New Zealand government and the Whanganui River iwi, a Māori community, has laid the foundation for the Whanganui River to have its legal personality formally recognised. The iwi had recently secured recognition in court that the river, the third largest in New Zealand, was an integrated, living whole with rights and interests. 

Read more about the case and the agreement from National Geographic here.

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