kiwi.nz approved

August 25th, 2012 at 12:00 pm by David Farrar

has announced:

InternetNZ (Internet New Zealand Inc) is pleased to announce that it has approved the creation of a new second level domain in the .nz domain name space – .kiwi.nz. This expands the range of choice New Zealanders have in the domain name market and means that people will soon be able to register personalised ending in .kiwi.nz.

The implementation of .kiwi.nz is being managed by InternetNZ’s subsidiary company the Domain Name Commission Ltd. Authorised .nz registrars will be able to take registrations for these names from 10am on Tuesday, 11 September 2012.

I might apply for blog.kiwi.nz :-)

The threshold set for kiwi.nz to be established is 500 registrations in the first month. So from 11 September to 11 October you will be able to pre-apply for a kiwi.nz name – if you want one. If more than 500 applications are received, then kiwi.nz will be created. It is effectively a market mechanism, to establish if there is suffucient demand.

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13 Responses to “kiwi.nz approved”

  1. Mark Thomson (85 comments) says:

    I can’t say that the rationale is obvious to me – and I have read the release. What “identifiable, significant community of interest” is signified by .kiwi that isn’t already implied by .nz?

    [DPF: You can't register direct under .nz. For example you can not register markthomson.nz - only markthomson.co.nz or markthomson.gen.nz etc. I believe there will be many individuals who don't want to be name.co.nz and think name.gen.nz is obscure and lame but would like name.kiwi.nz.

    In the end the market will decide. If at least 500 people do not register a name in the first month, then it is not created.

    Incidentally there is a proposal to allow registrations directly under .nz, but that will not be decided upon until next year]

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  2. thor42 (922 comments) says:

    I agree, MT. This domain seems utterly redundant to me. What a waste of time and energy putting this into place.
    Please, please don’t get one of these, DPF! They just seem….. “naff” is the best word, I think.

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  3. Hamnida (905 comments) says:

    I think this is excellent news.

    No doubt .kiwi will be popular.

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  4. tristanb (1,133 comments) says:

    It’s not .kiwi, it’s .kiwi.nz

    If i’m ever worried that a website contains spam, viruses, etc. I check its TLD. If it’s .info, .biz or .pro the site is probably a spamtrap.

    I’ll add .kiwi.nz to the list.

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  5. gump (1,491 comments) says:

    It is a stupid second-level domain for stupid people.

    Google has applied for the .blog TLD. If their application is successful then you might be able to get kiwi.blog

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  6. Hamnida (905 comments) says:

    I cant see how .kiwi can be bad.

    Many people identify as kiwis and New Zealanders are known as kiwis all over the world.

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  7. thor42 (922 comments) says:

    FFS, Hamnida – ###READ!###
    it is ***DOT KIWI DOT NZ***
    DO……YOU…..UNDERSTAND?

    ( Ok, we make allowances for you being a left-winger, but still – USE that soft squishy grey stuff in the middle of your head….. )

    The point we are making is that this .kiwi is REDUNDANT.
    If your URL ends in .nz that is ENOUGH for anyone except a left-winger to associate that with New Zealand.

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  8. Hamnida (905 comments) says:

    I know .kiwi.nz

    For example http://www.telecom.kiwi.nz

    I think it’s a great idea.

    If you don’t like the .kiwi bit, don’t create a wed address using it.

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  9. Mike Readman (358 comments) says:

    So are people going to start calling themselves “Kiwi New Zealanders” now?

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  10. Steve (North Shore) (4,500 comments) says:

    Seeing as we have special people in New Zealand, with special rights, how about:

    .maori.nz

    [DPF: Has been available for many years - around 400 regs in it]

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  11. Mary Rose (393 comments) says:

    FWIW, I think kiwiblog.kiwi.nz would be over-egging the pudding

    [DPF: kiwiblog.co.nz is likely to remain the primary domain name. kiwiblog.com also works by the way.

    If I can grab them, I'll also get blog.kiwi.nz and kiwiblog.nz and kiwi.blog and blog.kiwi :-)]

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  12. bhudson (4,734 comments) says:

    I can’t really see the point of kiwi as a 2nd level domain .kiwi.nz.

    If it were going to introduced as a domain name, surely it would be as a TLD? As in http://www.telecom.kiwi. Or http://www.zespri.kiwi

    [DPF: InternetNZ doesn't decide on new TLDs. A company has applied to set up .kiwi. InternetNZ can only decide on what happens underneath .nz, and as I said previously the 2LD will be created if enough people want to register in it - letting the market decide.]

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  13. Hamnida (905 comments) says:

    Like god, I believe in the market once I meet him or her. Until then, I’ll believe humans act in both rational and irrational ways.

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