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A river in New Zealand has become the first in the world to be granted the same legal rights as a person.

Whanganui River










The New Zealand parliament passed the bill recognising the Whanganui River, in North Island, as a living entity.

Long revered by New Zealand's Maori people, the river's interests will now be represented by two people.

The Maori had been fighting for over 160 years to get this recognition for their river, a minister said.

Read the full BBC News article here