Legal personality and economic livelihood of the Whanganui River: A call for community entrepreneurship

Aikaterini Argyrou*, Harry Hummels*

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Abstract

legislation in new zealand dictates that the whanganui river is a living entity and a legal person. Guardians uphold the river’s environmental, social, cultural and economic well-being. We provide a conceptual discussion of the river’s economic well-being, understood as the mutual enhancement of natural and human elements through community entrepreneurship that is based on human and non-human capabilities. We discuss human economic activity that preserves the right of the river to be free from pollution and form an integral part of the maori culture and tradition, the improvement of maori living conditions, and their rights to self-determination and prior consent.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)752-768
Number of pages17
JournalWater International
Volume44
Issue number6-7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Oct 2019

Keywords

  • River
  • legal person
  • community entrepreneurship
  • social entrepreneurship
  • Maori
  • New Zealand
  • SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP
  • RIGHTS
  • CAPABILITIES
  • ANIMALS

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