New Zealand Grants Personhood Rights To River

In my eyes, this makes more sense than the Citizens United ruling. Via Care2:

In a landmark case for the Rights of Nature, officials in New Zealand recently granted the Whanganui, the nation’s third-longest river, with legal personhood “in the same way a company is, which will give it rights and interests”. The decision follows a long court battle for the river’s personhood initiated by the Whanganui River iwi, an indigenous community with strong cultural ties to the waterway.

Under the settlement, the river is regarded as a protected entity, under an arrangement in which representatives from both the iwi and the national government will serve as legal custodians towards the Whanganui’s best interests.

While it may seem an odd extension of rights, in many ways it harkens back to a time when mankind’s fate was more readily acknowledged as being intertwined with that of the rivers, lakes, and streams that sustained us.

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  • Ted Heistman

    I actually think this is pretty awesome…

  • Ted Heistman

    I actually think this is pretty awesome…

  • Colecash

    All hail New Zealand. One of the few western countries that hasn’t taken the wrong path.

  • Colecash

    All hail New Zealand. One of the few western countries that hasn’t taken the wrong path.

    • Intergalacticstarsurfer

      na we have a national president that pretty much is trying to keep in line with world policy, he is a ex-banker try to privatize our national assets and open the doors to mining company’s for private profit. how ever we do have quite progressive groups who have made big changes on the world stage, eg first country to give woman the vote 

    • Intergalacticstarsurfer

      na we have a national president that pretty much is trying to keep in line with world policy, he is a ex-banker try to privatize our national assets and open the doors to mining company’s for private profit. how ever we do have quite progressive groups who have made big changes on the world stage, eg first country to give woman the vote 

      • JaceD

        President..? I haven’t heard that one before. 

        I live on the Coromandel Peninsula, close to Whitianga, which is one of the areas the smiling git is proposing to mine for gold… Not impressed, and neither is anyone else.

  • Colecash

    All hail New Zealand. One of the few western countries that hasn’t taken the wrong path.

  • Anarchy Pony

    Does that mean that if a corporation pollutes it, they can be charged with rape, and then executed? ‘Cause that would be awesome.

  • Anarchy Pony

    Does that mean that if a corporation pollutes it, they can be charged with rape, and then executed? ‘Cause that would be awesome.

    • JaceD

      New Zealand does have severe penalties for environmental mismanagement by corporations, as well as extremely strict rules and regulations as to how a corporation can go about its business.

      Although I prefer your solution to corporate fuck-ups.