A River in New Zealand has become the first in the world to be legally recognised as a living entity and granted the same rights as a human.
The New Zealand parliament has passed a bill recognising the Whanganui River, in North Island, as a living entity, making it the first natural resource to be given a legal personality
The country's Maori people have been fighting for around 160 years to get the recognition for the river.
It is of significant spiritual importance to the tribe who think of the river, mountains and sea as living entities.
The river is New Zealand's third-longest and will now be represented by one member from the Maori tribe, known as iwi, and one from the Crown.
The ruling means it will be entitled to representation in court proceedings.