New Zealand river’s personhood status offers hope to Māori

The Whanganui intake of a Genesis Energy hydroelectric program sits in the upper reaches of the Whanganui River in New Zealand's Whanganui National Park on June 16, 2022. Last year 81% of New Zealand's electricity came from renewable sources, thanks in large part to this and other big hydro schemes. It’s a positive story the government likes to tout, but today such projects would be unlikely to get regulatory approval because of their environmental toll. (AP Photo/Brett Phibbs)

New Zealand river’s personhood status offers hope to Māori