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Name: Te Awa Tupua (Whanganui River Claims Settlement) Act 2017 (2017 No 7).
Country: New Zealand
Subject(s): General provisions; Indigenous and tribal peoples
Type of legislation: Law, Act
Adopted on: 2017-03-20
Entry into force:
ISN: NZL-2017-L-108218
Bibliography: Legislation on-line Legislation on-line New Zealand Legislation, Parliamentary Counsel Office PDF PDF (consulted on 2019-04-12)
Abstract/Citation: The Act is most notable in that it it confers a legal personality on the Whanganui River. A legal person is an entity that has the same rights and responsibilities as a person hence increasing the legal mechanisms to ensure protection of the river. The purpose of this Act was trifold:
(a) to record the acknowledgements and apology given by the Crown to Whanganui Iwi in Ruruku Whakatupua Te Mana o Te Iwi o Whanganui; and
(b) to give effect to the provisions of the deed of settlement that establish Te Pā Auroa nā Te Awa Tupua; and
(c) to give effect to the provisions of the deed of settlement that settle the historical claims of Whanganui Iwi as those claims relate to the Whanganui River.
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