About Diana Unwin

The Chair in Restorative Justice is named after Diana Unwin, 1923–2014.

Diana Unwin is one of New Zealand’s least known philanthropists. An intensely private person, Diana died on 4 July 2014. In 1992 Diana established the Grace Memorial Trust, named after her mother. The Trust provided Diana with an anonymous vehicle for her giving which has exceeded $4 million over the past two decades. Diana was involved in CORSO, UNICEF, Save the Children, the United Nations Association, CND, WILF, and the international peace movement, including participating in the Women’s Peace Camp at Greenham Common.

This international involvement was, however, combined with extensive local participation and support for development of the voluntary sector, homelessness and poverty, women’s refuge, refugee and migrant services, and an early commitment to the development of restorative justice in New Zealand.

Peace, dispute resolution, prison reform, and restorative justice have been a major focus of trust funding, culminating in 2013 with support for the inaugural Chair in Restorative Justice at Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington. Appropriately, on her death, the Chair in Restorative Justice has been named after Diana.

—Jenny Gill, Trustee, Grace Memorial Trust, July 2014