|Administrator of Tokelau|
|Prime Minister||David Lange, Geoffrey Palmer|
|Preceded by||Tim Francis|
|Succeeded by||Graham Ansell|
1 March 2003 – 17 October 2006
|Prime Minister||Helen Clark|
|Preceded by||Lindsay Johnstone Watt|
|Succeeded by||David Payton|
|Ambassador to Indonesia|
|Prime Minister||Jim Bolger|
|Preceded by||Gordon Parkinson|
|Succeeded by||Tim Groser|
|Ambassador to Japan|
|Prime Minister||Jenny Shipley|
|Preceded by||Maarten Wevers|
|Succeeded by||Phillip Gibson|
|Secretary of the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs|
|Prime Minister||Jenny Shipley, Helen Clark|
|Preceded by||Richard Nottage|
|Succeeded by||Simon Murdoch|
Neil Douglas Walter
1942 (age 80–81)
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 the chair of NZ On Air until 2012. 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.
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.
- "NZ On Air Chairman Neil Walter Steps Down". Scoop. 2 February 2012. Retrieved 9 December 2020.
- "Queen's Birthday and Golden Jubilee honours list 2002". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 3 June 2002. Retrieved 25 June 2020.