Maui's Dolphin is New Zealand's most endangered species. There are only 55 of them left. So naturally, National is opening the Marine Mammal Sanctuary which is supposed to protect them to oil drilling:
The Government has opened up more than 3000 square kilometres of a marine mammal sanctuary for oil and gas drilling, home to the critically endangered Maui's dolphin.
It comes less than a week after the International Whaling Commission urged our Government to do more to save the species.
"I think primarily once you go from exploration right through to production, you're not jeopardising the wildlife," says Minister of Energy and Resources Mr Bridges.
Scientists disagree. But National doesn't care about the science on climate change, so why would they care about the science on an endangered species?
Its another example of how National puts the economy (and the financial interests of its corporate mates) ahead of the environment. Even when it may lead to the extinction of our most endangered species.