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The Hector’s dolphins in the seas surrounding John Key’s electorate are the world’s rarest, and their close relatives the Maui dolphins are nearly as endangered. Such intelligent creatures being allowed to go extinct would be a tragedy and a travesty in any country – in a nation that sells itself on its ecological image more than any other in the world, it’s also horrendous hypocrisy.
But it turns out Key and Kate Wilkinson ordered our 2 votes (out of 576) in the IUCN’s World Conservation Congress in Korea last week were the only ones against measures to save critically endangered dolphins.
“The New Zealand government has acted shamefully and can no longer claim to be leaders in conservation,” WWF’s marine programme manager Rebecca Bird said.
Labour’s Ruth Dyson said the Government’s vote was a “disgrace”: “it beggars belief that the New Zealand Government could oppose a motion to protect these incredibly vulnerable dolphins in our own waters.”
Kate Wilkinson – like all good National ministers – was unavailable for comment.
Extinction of a species off his electorate will be quite a badge for Key to wear – but one he risks getting if he’s not willing to take their plight seriously.