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River Given Human Status

A New Zealand river revered by the Maori people is granted the status of a living being by the country's parliament.
March 17, 2017, 12pm PDT | Casey Brazeal | @northandclark
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The Whanganui River, in Whanganui National Park.
Gabor Kovacs Photography

"The New Zealand parliament passed the bill recognising the Whanganui River, in North Island, as a living entity," the BBC reports. This change in legal status is seen as a win for environmentalists and the Maori people indigenous to the region. "The recognition allows it to be represented in court proceedings," the BBC writes.

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Published on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 in BBC
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