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"I am the river and the river is me"
Published: 16 Mar 2017 - - Author: Newsroom

Under a preliminary agreement signed between Whanganui River iwi and the Crown in Parliament yesterday, the Whanganui River will have the legal status of a person.

The settlement means the river has all the rights, duties and liabilities that come with personhood and would be represented by two officials, one from the Whanganui iwi and the other from the Crown.

It is reported that the Whanganui Treaty settlement will also include $80m in financial redress, $30m towards a contestable fund to improve the health of the river, and $1m to establish the legal framework for the river.

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