It's a decision that beggar's belief.
That's the reaction from Greenpeace boss Russel Norman to news an off-shore iron sand mining company has been cleared to explore an area off the Taranaki Coast which overlaps the Maui dolphin sanctuary.
The dolphin is the rarest in the world, with less than 75 remaining.
Norman told Andrew Dickens the decision is insane.
"We set aside this area, this marine mammal sanctuary, in order to help the Maui dolphin recover, and having seabed mining right in the middle of their habitat is not going to help them recover."
LISTEN TO RUSSEL NORMAN TALK WITH ANDREW DICKENS ABOVE