Saving the Whanganui: can personhood rescue a river?

The Guardian travelled the length of the Whanganui in New Zealand to investigate whether new legal protections will make a difference Adam Daniel wades waist deep through the glassy water. Pumice stones spiral in the shallow eddy, while the shrill whistles of a male whio (blue duck) echo upstream through the green canyon walls. The mountain streams deep current slows around a lone tree standing on a small rocky island before rushing toward the sea. Like a doctor, Daniel spends the morning checking the pulse of the rivers upper arteries, taking temperature readings and drawing water samples to diagnose its vitality. Thirty kilometres to his south-east, the Whanganui Rivers pristine headwaters begin in the internationally renowned Tongariro National Park, on …

Parasite review creepy invasion of the lifestyle snatchers

Bong Joon-hos bizarre black comedy about a rich Korean family and a poor one in a modern-day Downton Abbey situation gets its tendrils in you BPark Chan-wooks The Handmaiden, an adaptation of the novel Fingersmith by Sarah Walters; and also Lee Chang-dongs 2018 film Burning). Song Kang-ho plays Ki-taek, a shiftless, unemployed man who lives in a chaotic, stinky and squalid basement with his wife, Chung-sook, his smart yet cynical twentysomething daughter, Ki-jung (Park So-dam), and son, Ki-woo (Choi Woo-sik). They are all out of work and out of cash. Then Ki-woo gets a stroke of fortune: an old school-friend helps him get a lucrative tutoring job. With a fake college diploma created by Ki-jung, he shows up at the …