Walter Neilands was born in Nelson but has lived in and around Auckand for the past 10 years. In January 2010 Walter joined Sticky TV as a presenter, joining existing presenters Kanoa and Sam.
Prior to his current role he has worked as a rock climbing instructor, kitchen hand, house painter, farm worker, camp counsellor and dance instructor.
Walter enjoys skateboarding, dancing and performing BMX tricks.
Walter Ezekiel Neilands- But people call me Walty, Walterella, Walterina, or big Dawg
Tough Question because I grew up in a range of places, Born
in Nelson then moved to a small town called ‘Canvas town’ where I went to
school with about 20 other kids- however I alternated between Canvas town and
‘Tuakau’ which is a small town in South Auckland. My family lived there with my
lovely Grandma Thyrle.
What’s your favourite thing about your hometown?
For Canvas town: the river! Would skim stones, snorkel, and
kayak down the rapids with my cool Aunty Caroline! My Awesome Grandma Monica
lives there too!
For Tuakau: Growing up with Grandma Thyrle!
Do you have any brothers and sisters?
Do I? hoh! Lol yea I’m the eldest of 5. My sister Odessa is 20, and my bros…
Hamish is 16, Sebastian is 13 and Andrew is 11. They are all awesome and I love
family time!...hey I have a dog (miniature poodle) called ‘Jam’, he’s totally
part of the family too!
What are you into?
I’m very passionate about BMX (love to hit the skate parks
and meet people!), skateboarding, flips, art, fishing, snowboarding, building
stuff!!! I love the garage at home as I am always working on a project whether
it is building ramps or working on my car.
What other jobs have you had?
I started early with a paper run which my mum and brothers
would help out with. I worked for my uncle at his Indoor rock-climbing
business. I’ve worked as a camp Counselor in New Jersey,
America and i’ve worked at a horse stables in ‘Pukekohe’ cleaning horses and mucking
out their boxes, stinky but fun work!!!
Who is your idol and why?
I look up to the good mentors I have! My friend ‘Peter
Bovil’ is an awesome guy- I used to work for him on a farm and he was very
inspiring and just a great guy for advice and to have a chat / cup of tea with!
…the other day Gerard introduced me to a man on youtube called ‘Ray Lewis’
(he’s an NFL player) and admire him a lot!
Who is your celeb crush?
Oooh I dunno, ah – I was gonna say no-one but then ‘Adele’
crossed my mind! I was just listening to ‘Rolling in the Deep’ and she grabbed
my heart lol!
Baked beans or Spaghetti?
Hook a brother up with the beans! Mmmmmm…mmm! Ya got carbs
and protein in there!
What’s the scariest thing you’ve ever done?
Probably going on a date! Arghh!!! Why’d you remind me lol-
I should have taken some of my own advice and should have been myself lol!
If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life,
what would it be?
A sandwich with chicken, peanut sauce, pineapple, lettuce,
tomato, cheese and bacon in it…that’s not cheating is it????
When you were 10, what did you want to be when you grew up?
SPIDER MAN!!!! My plan was to make ‘web shooters’ that I
could wear around my wrists and shoot them onto buildings so I could fly around
and be awesome- now for that I thought I’d have to become a scientist so I
could figure out how to make those web shooters and the substance that they
If you were an animal, what would you be and why?
My friend introduced me to the ‘Honey Badger’ on youtube the
other day and might I say I was impressed! They are apparently the most
fearless animal!!! Look em up! Cute little black and white badgers, maybe not
so cute when gathering food, but I just admire that they’ll give anything a
shot and won’t be afraid to try! - so either a ‘Honey Badger’ or a ‘White
Checked Gibbon’- great monkeys that are loyal and love playing tag in the
trees- been my fav since I saw them at Wellington zoo aged 8!
Who do you think would win in a fight between Batman and
Okay don’t tell Gerard, but lets be realistic here- my man
Superman is gonna win! He’s got the muscle, he’s got the smarts, he can fly so
fast he can go back in time and start the battle all over again, he’s got laser
beams coming out of his eyes and he can blow a tornado out of his mouth- his
only weakness is a little green rock a billion miles away- however I like
batman because he’s much more real!!! So between us we’ll say Superman…shhhh
you didn’t hear it from me…
What’s your favourite dessert?
Rhubarb crumble and ice cream! What’s that?... are you
making it?? Lol
Favourite TV show?
Rove Live! Love that guy! He seems to be a lovely guy and is
very funny! And on his show he gets some great guests that I look up to- it’s
always a great show!
Favourite item of clothing?
A shell necklace my Grandma Thyrle brought back from Fiji!
It’s more than a necklace, it’s from my Grandma Thyrle!!!
What was your best Christmas present?
The best present I ever got was from my uncle Alistair! It
was a present for all of us kids, ‘a golf set’! It was so nice because my uncle
is a really generous man, he doesn’t have a lot but every time someone’s
birthday or Christmas comes around he really shows he cares! So it means a lot
to me when I get anything from him. Big up’s to Uncle Al!!!
Do you have any New Years resolutions?
Yes I do! To do my best for you guys on Sticky! I love it so
much and that’s why I really want to go hard for you guys! Also I want to spend
a lot of time with my family and work hard on some personal goals- maybe even
try a date again- being myself of course.