Whanganui river granted same legal rights as human being
- In a world-first a New Zealand river has been granted the same legal rights as a human being.
- The local Māori tribe of Whanganui in the North Island has fought for the recognition of their river – the third-largest in New Zealand – as an ancestor for 140 years.
- The new status of the river means if someone abused or harmed it the law now sees no differentiation between harming the tribe or harming the river because they are one and the same.
- Two guardians will be appointed to act on behalf of the Whanganui river, one from the crown and one from the Whanganui .
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
In a world-first agreement, which river of New Zealand has been granted the same legal rights as a human being?