A river in New Zealand has been given its own rights after the Maori people wanted to give Wanganui (the river) its own rights. They wanted this because they claim to have a special bond with the river and they treat it like a human and felt it should be treated like a human by everyone.
Its name comes from the explorer Tamatea-pōkai-whenua when he was working on finding a way to tie up his top-not. It is the first river in the world to be given human rights and may be the only one for a while. But the river was on trial to get human rights for a while and the Maoris gave it their all to get the river sorted and played a really conniving case. RIGHTS FOR WANGANUI!!! If this is something that happened to one river, then what’s going to stop it happening too other rivers around the world? The river is the third largest in New Zealand and is located South Taranaki Bight. People across the world can look at this and think, ‘hang on a second; I know something that deserves human rights as well’. And then they can take their case and rights all around.
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