To the Maori, indigenous people who live along New Zealand’s Whanganui River, the water isn’t only sacred — it’s part of their being.
The communityhas a saying, “Ko au te awa. Ko te awa ko au.” In English, this means, “I am the river. The river is me.”
For years, the Maori people’s relationship with the waterway has been legally unrecognized despite their best efforts. But on Wednesday, the New Zealand Parliament passed a bill granting the river the same legal rights as a human being
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