The forest of Te Urewera, in the middle of the North Island, was the first place in the world to be granted legal personhood - all the rights and responsibilities of a person. This means it owns itself.

This episode is about Te Taiao | Nature and how we look after it. We speak to Tamati Kruger, chief Treaty negotiator for the Tūhoe iwi about this world-first legislation, and Brianna Fruean, Pacific Climate Warrior about indigenous responses to climate change.

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This episode was produced by Kayne Ngātokowha Peters and Anna Harcourt and edited by Colleen Brennan.


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