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New Zealand river given status of ‘legal person’

WELLINGTON: A river in New Zealand had been recognized as a ‘legal person’ after the parliament enacted a legislation to make a historic move on Wednesday. Under legislation that combines Western legal precedent with Maori mysticism, the Whanganui river has been formally declared a living entity. ‘(It) will have its own legal identity with all the corresponding rights, duties and liabilities of a legal person,’ Attorney-General Chris Finlayson said. ‘The approach of granting legal personality to a river is…