Today, the mansion springs to life with renewed splendour. Combining exquisite antiques with an extensive modern art collection, Cotter House boasts a classic French décor that reflects the continental flair of its current owner, Gloria Poupard-Walbridge. Colombian born, French raised Gloria came to New Zealand in July 1985 for a 3-month school holiday that turned into a life commitment, and lived through the upheaval of the GREENPEACE (Rainbow Warrior) affair. Her husband, French Trade commissioner for New Zealand and the South Pacific at the time, was in charge of the Rainbow Warrior compensation. It was the start of a love affair with this country and Gloria has never looked back. Gloria is a consummate hostess with 21 years experience in the diplomatic service. Her lovely character and warmth underlay the Cotter House experience. Bringing Cotter House back to its former splendour and contributing to preserving a significant piece of New Zealand heritage became her dream. Cotter House has since been featured in a number of prestigious publications and TV programmes.