Author Topic: Legal status for a real-life Great Manitou in NZ  (Read 1037 times)

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Legal status for a real-life Great Manitou in NZ
« on: March 15, 2017, 04:03:44 pm »
Saw this story and couldn't help but think of the MercyVerse -

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-39282918

"A river in New Zealand has become the first in the world to be granted the same legal rights as a person. 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.  "I know the initial inclination of some people will say it's pretty strange to give a natural resource a legal personality," said New Zealand's Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson.  "But it's no stranger than family trusts, or companies or incorporated societies."  The Whanganui River, New Zealand's third-longest, will be represented by one member from the Maori tribes, known as iwi, and one from the Crown.  The recognition allows it to be represented in court proceedings."

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Re: Legal status for a real-life Great Manitou in NZ
« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2017, 05:32:23 pm »
Awesome!
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Re: Legal status for a real-life Great Manitou in NZ
« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2017, 09:12:47 pm »
Excellent.

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Re: Legal status for a real-life Great Manitou in NZ
« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2017, 12:12:32 am »
Fascinating.
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Re: Legal status for a real-life Great Manitou in NZ
« Reply #4 on: March 16, 2017, 08:08:31 am »
Trying doing that to some rivers here, you could let them file for attempted murder by industry right afterwards. :)
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Re: Legal status for a real-life Great Manitou in NZ
« Reply #5 on: March 16, 2017, 10:53:57 am »
Dakota Pipeline....   :-'
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