Famed conservationist slams drilling in Maui's patch

Famed conservationist Jane Goodall, best known for her groundbreaking work with chimpanzees, has taken a swipe at our Government.

Jane Goodall has expressed her concern at oil exploration in home of the Maui dolphin. Source: 1 NEWS

She's concerned over claims it's allowing oil exploration in a marine sanctuary that's home to the endangered Maui's dolphin.

"Governments giving big corporations permits to go and explore for oil and minerals in national parks and reserve areas - like this awful one along the West Coast in the marine reserve where there's going to be oil drilling. And it's awful because the last 55 Maui dolphins are there," she says.

The Green Party claims the Government is offering exploration permits in 3000 square kilometres of the West Coast North Island Marine Mammal Sanctuary, thought to be home to Maui's dolphin.

The world's smallest dolphin is just one New Zealand species facing extinction, and Jane Goodall insists it isn't too late to save them.

"I think a lot of it is education. These are the young people who will grow up to be the next decision makers, the next CEOs, the next politicians and so forth," she says.

From primates to reptiles, the 80-year-old is determined they should all have a future.