The Whanganui River has been given human status after a landmark ruling.
Late last week the Whanganui River Claims Settlement Bill was passed, giving the Whanganui River the same status as a legal person.
Te Tai Hauāuru MP Adrian Rurawhe said some people might find the concept strange but it was completely normal for Māori.
He said that the river is absolutely important to the people who are from the river and live on the river.
Te Urewera, the former national park, was granted the same status when Tūhoe settled with the Crown in 2014.
The river will now be the first in the world to have such a status.