So, Chris Finlayson and a bunch of Crown negotiators have breathed life into the Wanganui River.
This chicanery – according to the Stuff report here – has turned the river into a legal entity with a legal voice.
According to a spokesman for the Minister of Treaty Negotiations, it will be recognised as a person when it comes to the law – “in the same way a company is, which will give it rights and interests”.
No magic was required. This miracle has been performed under a preliminary agreement signed between Wanganui River iwi and the Crown.