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New Zealand Welcomes A Mighty River To Personhood

By Mary S Papenfuss

After a hard-fought battle, the New Zealand government has granted the full legal rights of a person to a river.

A legal wrangle lasting 160 years ended this week with a vote in Parliament recognizing the elevated legal status for the powerful, 90-mile Whanganui River, whose interests will now be represented in court by two guardians from the indigenous community. The river was also granted some $80 million in damages as …read more

Source:: Huffington Post Green