I must admit that I tend to skip over the Split Enz instrumentals, and it’s quite possible that I had never actually heard “The Lost Cat” all the way through ... until today. But afterwards, I had the same thought as STUARTJB: “Wow — is that NEIL??” I mean, he has a few really good guitar solos scattered within the SE catalog (e.g., “Years Go By”, “How Can I Resist Her”, “I See Red”) but the one for “The Lost Cat” is at another level, at least technically.
I don’t doubt that it IS Neil playing, but I just never had the impression that Neil cared enough about soloing to have developed his chops to the extent that he could come up with THAT beauty. What a pleasant surprise.