New Zealand river’s personhood status offers hope to Māori

The lower reaches of the Whanganui River flow near the Kaiwhaiki settlement in New Zealand on June 15, 2022. Gerrard Albert, the lead negotiator for Whanganui Maori in getting the river’s personhood recognized by lawmakers, says the status is a legal fiction, a construct more commonly used to give something like a corporation legal standing. (AP Photo/Brett Phibbs)

New Zealand river’s personhood status offers hope to Māori