Neil Douglas Walter,
CNZM (born 1942) is a distinguished New Zealand diplomat, and is a
former Administrator of
Tokelau, a territory of New Zealand.
He served from February 1988 until 1990,
and again from March 1 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.
1985, Walter became New Zealand's deputy High Commissioner to
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
, 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
Walter was the Chairman of the Environmental Risk
until 2008 and currently 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.
brother David Walter of Stratford is Chairman of the Taranaki Regional Council.
He is married and has one son and two daughters.