River with a legal voice – the Wanganui/Whanganui River

The Whanganui River is about to become a legal entity in its own right. Te Awa Tupua is an environmental settlement recognising the intrinsic value of the awa/river. The river will have rights, something the Maori iwi and hapu living alongside it have considered for hundreds of years.

The settlement provides a new lens through which to vi