Anne Manchester (right), niece of late, renowned New Zealand sculptor Colin Webster-Watson, presenting a $20,000 cheque from Colin’s estate to Greenpeace NZ Executive Director Bunny McDiarmid, infront of his sculpture Tail of the Whale on Oriental Parade in Wellington. (C) GREENPEACE / SHAROMOV
Anne Manchester (right), niece of late, renowned New Zealand sculptor Colin Webster-Watson, presenting a $20,000 cheque from Colin’s estate to Greenpeace NZ Executive Director Bunny McDiarmid, infront of his sculpture Tail of the Whale on Oriental Parade in Wellington. (C) GREENPEACE / SHAROMOV
“I don’t think I’ve ever held this much money in my hand at one time!”

So exclaimed Greenpeace New Zealand Executive Director Bunny McDiarmid as she clutched a cheque for $20,000 today on Oriental Parade (it was a little windy, and one doesn’t want to lose that kind of sum to a rogue gust).

The money had been generously gifted by the estate of late, renowned New Zealand sculptor Colin Webster-Watson, from the proceeds of an exhibition of his work at Eastbourne’s Rona Gallery.

Colin’s niece Anne Manchester presented the cheque at the site of one of his sculptures – Tail of the Whale –, which takes pride of place just beside Oriental Bay Beach. Colin had been passionate about animal welfare issues and felt particularly strongly about whaling. His family had made the decision to gift the money to Greenpeace just as our ship the Esperanza set off on its recent expedition to the Southern Ocean. They decided Greenpeace’s Defend the Whales campaign was a very fitting cause.

As Bunny pointed out, this scale of gift is quite uncommon, and it was very humbling to accept something that will go a long way to helping us continue with our whales work. Thank you from all of us to Colin and his family and friends.