Neil Walter

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Neil Walter

Administrator of Tokelau
In office
Prime Minister David Lange, Geoffrey Palmer
Preceded by Tim Francis
Succeeded by Graham Ansell
In office
1 March 2003 17 October 2006
Prime Minister Helen Clark
Preceded by Lindsay Johnstone Watt
Succeeded by David Payton
Ambassador to Indonesia
In office
Prime Minister Jim Bolger
Preceded by Gordon Parkinson
Succeeded by Tim Groser
Ambassador to Japan
In office
Prime Minister Jenny Shipley
Preceded by Maarten Wevers
Succeeded by Phillip Gibson
Secretary of the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs
In office
Prime Minister Jenny Shipley, Helen Clark
Preceded by Richard Nottage
Succeeded by Simon Murdoch
Personal details
Neil Douglas Walter

1942 (age 7778)

Neil Douglas Walter CNZM (born 1942) is a New Zealand diplomat, and a former Administrator of Tokelau, a territory of New Zealand. He served from February 1988 until 1990, and again from 1 March 2003 to 17 October 2006.



In his early career in the Foreign Service, Walter served in Thailand, New York, and Samoa. In 1981, Walter was posted to New Zealand's Embassy in Paris, where he was the New Zealand Permanent Representative to UNESCO. In 1985, Walter became New Zealand's deputy High Commissioner to London.

Walter was New Zealand's Ambassador to Indonesia from 1990–1994, and served as New Zealand's Ambassador to Japan from 1997–1999. In 1999, Walter became Secretary of the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs, until his retirement from the diplomatic service in 2002. He was one of three people to address the United Nations Special Committee on Decolonization, 10th Meeting, June 23, 2003.

Walter was the Chairman of the Environmental Risk Management Authority until 2008 and currently[ when? ] chairs NZ On Air. He also undertakes various reviews and assessments for the NZ Government. His 2009 report on the State Services Commission's ambitious and ill-fated GSN information technology project led to the resignation of the Deputy State Services Commissioner and Government CIO Laurence Millar.


In the 2002 Queen’s Birthday and Golden Jubilee Honours, Walter was appointed a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services as Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Trade. [1]

Personal life

He is married and has one son and two daughters. His son, Stephen Walter, is a lead negotiator on climate change for the New Zealand Ministry of Environment. His brother David Walter of Stratford is a former Chairman of the Taranaki Regional Council and mayor of the Stratford District Council.

Preceded by
H Francis
Administrator of Tokelau
Succeeded by
Graham Ansell
Preceded by
Lindsay Watt
Administrator of Tokelau
Succeeded by
David Payton

  1. "Queen's Birthday and Golden Jubilee honours list 2002". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 3 June 2002. Retrieved 25 June 2020.

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