Long before the first humans set foot on its banks, the Whanganui River* was snaking its way from the side of Mt Tongariro to the breakers of the Tasman Sea. Then, 30 years ago — a mere drop in the lifespan of a river — the headwaters of the Whanganui were taken away to drive the hydroelectric stations of central North Island. Now the people of the region are fighting to have the water back.
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