NEW ZEALAND - River Recognized as Legal Person

Arno Froese

A New Zealand river revered by Maori has been recognized by parliament as a “legal person,” in a move believed to be a world first.

“(It) will have its own legal identity with all the corresponding rights, duties and liabilities of a legal person,” Attorney-General Chris Finlayson said.

“The approach of granting legal personality to a river is unique.”

“This legislation recognizes the deep spiritual connection between the Whanganui iwi and its ancestral river,” he said.

It deems the river a single living being “from the mountains to the sea, incorporating its tributaries and all its physical and metaphysical elements.”

In practical terms, it means the river can be represented at legal proceedings with two lawyers protecting its interests, one from the iwi and the other from the government.

The iwi also received an NZ$80 million ($56 million) settlement from the government after their marathon legal battle, as well as $30 million to improve the river’s health.

-japantimes.co.jp, 16 March 2017

Arno's commentary

To protect the environment from pollution is as natural washing dishes after a meal. But to change the identity of a river to the level of humans, reminds us of Romans 1:25: “Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.”

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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