Mount Taranaki granted le­gal rights

The Guardian Weekly - - World roundup -

12 Mount Taranaki in New Zealand is to be granted the same le­gal rights as a per­son, be­com­ing the third ge­o­graphic fea­ture in the coun­try to be granted a “le­gal per­son­al­ity”.

Eight local Māori tribes and the gov­ern­ment will share guardian­ship of the sacred moun­tain on the west coast of the North Is­land, in a long-awaited ac­knowl­edg­ment of the indige­nous peo­ples’ re­la­tion­ship to the moun­tain, who view it as an an­ces­tor and whanau, or fam­ily mem­ber.

The new sta­tus of the moun­tain means that, if some­one abuses or harms it, it is the same legally as harm­ing the tribe.

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