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    A New Zealand River Now Has The Legal Rights Of A Human.

    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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    Concretely, this means that the river can now be represented in court by lawyers like any other human being. It also means that any attack on its well-being will be taken much more seriously.
    Whanganui River, known as Te Awa Tupua by Māori tribes, is a place of great spiritual importance. Considered an ancestor by the native people of New Zealand, this latest development ends a 140-year-old battle to give the river legal recognition.
    The longest-running litigation in kiwi history, the [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] case goes as far back as the 1870s. As Chris Finlayson explains:


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    How did it get so polluted by the tourist trade?

    What do they use the water for, irrigation, daily use, or what?


    Water is sacred, in that if we don't have it...well we can't survive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by juliekan View Post
    How did it get so polluted by the tourist trade?

    What do they use the water for, irrigation, daily use, or what?


    Water is sacred, in that if we don't have it...well we can't survive.
    There is a lot of tourist activity going on there according to the tourism site,jetski,white water rafting,speed boats,bungi jumping.I guess all that is about to change.
    I suppose the river is used for all sorts of purposes,irrigation may be one of them but NZ has a lot of rainfall so maybe not.
    The river is sacred to the Maori people,its like our Aboriginals who have many sacred sites here and those sites are protected.
    Seems the river has been given back to the Maori people just as Uluru was given back to the Aboriginal people here,I think it is a good thing.

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    wow, that is all really beautiful

    wonder what will happen to all the companies/workers that work there?

    I guess this will be a lawsuit over who gets to do what where? where the monies go?

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    I just remembered my niece went bungee jumping in NZ, but I can't find the file that says where they were!

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    Quote Originally Posted by juliekan View Post
    I just remembered my niece went bungee jumping in NZ, but I can't find the file that says where they were!
    N is like one big goat track,there are probably heaps of bungee jumping spots,I would love to visit,not to go bungee jumping tho.

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    Well good for the river and its people! If it takes a law to protect and preserve nature, so much the better .

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    Quote Originally Posted by maryjane View Post
    Well good for the river and its people! If it takes a law to protect and preserve nature, so much the better .
    Yes
    Its about time we put Nature first for a change.

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