Following the declaration of protection of the Whanganui river, which was granted legal personhood in early 2017, New Zealand has also granted legal rights to Mount Taranaki. Eight local Māori tribes and the government will be considered responsible guardians. Therefore, if someone violates the rights of the Mountain, it is equated with harming the tribe. The government has also committed apologizing to local Māori people for breaches of the Treaty of Waitangi. Photo-credit: David Frampton/AP