New Zealand river’s personhood status offers hope to Māori

The upper reaches of the Whanganui River flow near Piriaka in New Zealand's King Country on June 16, 2022. In 2017, New Zealand passed a groundbreaking law granting personhood status to the Whanganui River. The law declares that the river is a living whole, from the mountains to the sea, incorporating all its physical and metaphysical elements. (AP Photo/Brett Phibbs)

New Zealand river’s personhood status offers hope to Māori