An epic legal battle in New Zealand has finally come to an end with a  rather unique conclusion as a revered river was recognized as having the  same rights as a person.

Since the 1870's, the Whanganui River has been at the center of a  dispute between the government of New Zealand and the native Maori  people who believe that the river has a direct connection to their well  being.

Lawmakers finally relented to this line of thinking by passing  legislation which awarded the river all of the benefits of personhood  afforded to any other New Zealander.

More on this enlightening story at the Coast to Coast AM website.