Chris Paulin

The Mazda Foundation donated $5,000 to assist a retired marine biologist to share his knowledge with Wellington school children as part of its final round of funding for 2013.

The recipient, Chris Paulin, is preparing a field guide detailing the plants and animals present in the Taputeranga Marine Reserve on Wellington’s south coast, which he will distribute to attendees of the Island Bay Marine Education Centre in Wellington.

Mr Paulin’s lifelong work has revolved around the marine environment in New Zealand and he would like to share his knowledge with children who are interested in discovering sea life.

The education centre hosts approximately 100 school groups yearly, which would expose his expertise to an estimated 8,000 school children each year.

The Foundation grant will go towards publishing costs for this guide.